French: Tisserin à cou noir German: Kurzflügelweber Spanish: Tejedor cuellinegro
#R, Malembo, Angola.
Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. brachypterus, which see. Two subspecies recognized.
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; 23·1–30 g (nominate), 21·9–27·6 g (melanoxanthus). Adult male nominate race has forehead, crown and nape tawny-orange, mantle, back and upperwing grey-... read more
Song short and loud, “wriou wriouu wizzz”; songs of a single male showed considerable variation.... 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 mainly Mar–Apr and Aug–Sept in Cameroon (note some of these records refer to hybrids with P. brachypterus), in most months... 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 (Least Concern). Common through W part of range; less numerous in E, where uncommon in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, but locally common in Kenya... read more
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