French: Tisserin noir et marron German: Fuchsweber Spanish: Tejedor pardinegro
Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, W Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E, discontinuously, to S Nigeria.
15–17 cm; 24–39 g. Adult male is largely black but has upperparts, belly and undertail-coverts rich chestnut-brown. Adult female has upperparts brownish, rather... read more
Very similar to that of P. nigerrimus, a short “tyup”, “jup”, “pik” and “zeet”... read more
Forest clearings, often in villages, well-wooded regions and tall-grass savanna, and also around... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), winged ants (Formicidae), alate termites (Isoptera), caterpillars and butterflies... read more
Breeds Jan in Gambia, Feb in Guinea, Feb–Apr and Aug–Nov in Liberia, Dec–Aug in Ghana, Feb and Sept–Oct in Togo, and May–Aug in Nigeria;... read more
Presumed resident; may move far from colonies to forage.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant through most of range; rare in Gambia. Often closely associated with people and range may be expanding in some areas due to... read more
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