French: Tisserin à cou noir German: Kurzflügelweber Spanish: Tejedor cuellinegro
#R, Malembo, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. nigricollis
(Vieillot, 1808) – Cameroon E to extreme S South Sudan, Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania, and S to N Angola and S DRCongo.
P. n. melanoxanthus
(Cabanis, 1878) – S Ethiopia, S Somalia, C & E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
15–17 cm; 21–30 g. Male nominate race has forehead, crown and nape tawny-orange, mantle, back and upperwing grey-black, rump black with olive-green wash; tail... read more
Song short and loud, "wriou wriouu wizzz"; songs of a single male showed considerable... read more
Wooded country, ranging from savanna woodland to gallery forest, forest clearings and edges,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants and winged ants (... read more
Breeds Jul–Nov in Senegambia, Sept–Oct in Liberia, Jan–Mar in Ghana, Jul in Burkina Faso, Jun–Sept in Nigeria,... read more
Presumed sedentary; of 51 individuals ringed in DRCongo, nine recaptured or found dead at same site... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common through W part of range; less numerous in E. Widespread. Estimated densities of 1 bird/ha in Gabon woodland and 1 bird/50 ha in Ivory Coast... read more
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