Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Bocage's Weaver (Ploceus temporalis)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin de Bocage German: Bocageweber Spanish: Tejedor de Bocage
Taxonomy:

Hyphantornis temporalis

Bocage

, 1880,

Caconda, Angola

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In the past sometimes considered conspecific with P. capensis. Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & NE Angola, S DRCongo and NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 34–37 g. Male breeding has golden-yellow forehead and crown, olive-green nape, upperparts and tail; upperwing olive-brown, remiges with narrow yellow edges;... read more

Voice

Song a chattering series of notes, "shreti-shreti-shreti-shret shret". Contact call "chyap".

Habitat

Streamside vegetation such as rank grassland, tall forbs, bushes and trees; to 1400 m in Zambia.

Food and feeding

Insects; beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera) recorded in stomach contents. Spiders (Araneae) in... read more

Breeding

Breeds in May, Aug and Oct in Angola Aug–Oct in Zambia. Probably polygynous. Colonial; more than 30 nests at one site and up to 20 in... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known; considered uncommon within limited known range. Very local; range highly fragmented.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Bocage's Weaver (Ploceus temporalis). 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/61010 on 23 November 2017).