French: Tisserin à tête noire German: Schwarzkopfweber Spanish: Tejedor cabecinegro
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. melanocephalus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – S Mauritania, N & SW Senegal, Gambia, S Mali and SW Niger.
P. m. capitalis
(Latham, 1790) – W Guinea-Bissau, E Guinea, Burkina Faso, NE Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria (on major rivers), N Cameroon, SW Chad and N Central African Republic.
P. m. dimidiatus
(Antinori & Salvadori, 1873) – SE Sudan and W Eritrea S to NE DRCongo, Uganda, SW Kenya and NW Tanzania.
P. m. duboisi
Hartlaub, 1886 – E Congo, S Central African Republic, SW South Sudan, N, C & SE DRCongo and N Zambia.
14 cm; male 20·1-25 g and female 17–21·2 g (capitalis), male 21–36·3 g and female 19·9-27·5 g (dimidiatus).... read more
Song a mixture of wheezing, grating and creaking sounds; short form "squeee-ki-kee", used... read more
Damp areas with tall grass near rivers or standing water, also reedbeds and papyrus (Cyperus... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and insects; young fed largely with insects. Uses prying actions of the bill when foraging. Forms flocks in non-breeding season.
Breeds May–Oct in Mauritania, Apr–Nov in Senegal, Jun–Sept in Gambia, Jul–Oct in Mali, Aug–Oct in Burkina... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common over much of range. More or less confined to rivers and similar wetlands. There are introduced, self-sustaining populations in Portugal and... read more
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