French: Tisserin du Bengale German: Bengalenweber Spanish: Tejedor bengalí
Other common names:
NE & SE Pakistan (in Indus floodplain), N India (mainly in Ganges floodplain from Punjab E to West Bengal and Assam), S Nepal and Bangladesh; old records from S Myanmar and S China (Yunnan) doubtful. Introduced to Qatar.
15 cm; 18–22 g. Male breeding has forehead and crown golden-yellow, nape to back dark brown, mantle with some pale feather fringes, rump light brown; upperwing and tail... read more
Song a very soft series of sibilant notes, ending in low-pitched buzzing, directed to female at... read more
Lowland grassy areas near water, with tall standing grass and reeds; primarily in areas subject to... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly seeds, including those of grasses Echinochloa colonum, Phalaris minor, Perotis, rice (Oryza... read more
Season Jun–Oct in India. Polygynous. Colonial, often nesting together with other weaver species. Males court with quivering wings,... read more
Apparently resident; some local movements in non-breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally abundant. Occasional records in Bhutan. Old reports of this species from Myanmar considered doubtful, and reports from S China (Yunnan) more... read more
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