French: Mahali de Donaldson German: Dornbuschweber Spanish: Tejedor gorrión de Donaldson
“Eastern Africa” = Lasamis, Kenya
S Ethiopia and N Kenya; also S Somalia (isolated records at Afmadow).
17 cm; 35–45 g. Large sparrow-like weaver with scaly crown and white rump. Forehead and crown are dark brown with pale edges, producing scaly effect; nape and... read more
Song a rambling combination of varied notes, including harsh sounds, whistles and warbling, loudest... read more
Dry bushland, open woodland, grassland and rocky areas, including barren lava country; to 1500 m.
Food and feeding
Grass seeds and insects noted in stomach contents. Forages on ground. Occurs in small flocks, sometimes in association with Dinemellia... read more
Breeds in Jan, Jun, Jul, Sept and Dec in Kenya. No information on mating system; probably a co-operative breeder. Nest a tube of dry grass... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Little known; apparently locally common. Occurs in regions very sparsely populated by humans.
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