Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Social-weaver (Pseudonigrita cabanisi)


Taxonomy

French: Républicain de Cabanis German: Schwarzkappenweber Spanish: Tejedor social de Cabanis
Taxonomy:

Nigrita cabanisi

G. A. Fischer and Reichenow

, 1884,

Tanzania

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In the past, this species sometimes treated within a separate genus, Somalita. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Ethiopia and N & C Kenya S to NC Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 18–24 g. Small finch-like weaver with black cap and white underparts. Forehead and crown are black, ending in sharp line below eye and across nape; nape, mantle... read more

Voice

Only vocalizations reported are a mix of chirps and skirls, sounding very like calls of a sparrow... read more

Habitat

Dry thornveld, generally below 1300 m. Sometimes found alongside P. arnaudi, and also with... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and also a few insects recorded amongst stomach contents. Forages on ground.

Breeding

Breeds Feb–May; also Dec–Jan and Aug–Sept in Kenya. Monogamous; thought likely to be co-operative breeder. Colonial, up... read more

Movements

Non-breeding flocks described as being nomadic.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common, but very localized in distribution. Occurs primarily in regions sparsely populated by humans. Present in Yavello Wildlife Sanctuary,... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Black-capped Social-weaver (Pseudonigrita cabanisi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60974 on 18 November 2017).