French: Tisserin de Finn German: Großschnabelweber Spanish: Tejedor de Finn
Other common names: Yellow Weaver
A. O. Hume, 1869,
Kumaon Terai, India.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. megarhynchus
A. O. Hume, 1869 – N India (S Uttarakhand, N Uttar Pradesh) and adjacent extreme SW Nepal.
P. m. salimalii
Abdulali, 1961 – NE India (West Bengal and Assam; old records from salt lakes in S part of West Bengal).
15 cm; male 34–40 g, female 30–34 g. Medium-sized weaver. Male nominate race breeding has forehead, crown and nape golden-yellow, cheek and ear-coverts brown;... read more
Song a loud, harsh chatter terminating in wheeze; said to be harsher than song of P.... read more
Inhabits grassland with scattered trees, especially in seasonally flooded areas; also found in rice... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily seeds, including hemp (Cannabis) and rice (Oryza), also insects; young fed mainly with insects. Forages in... read more
Season May–Aug in India, May in Nepal. Polygynous, with up to four females per male. Colonial, sometimes in close association with... read more
Resident, with some local movements. Colonies utilized erratically; possibly vacates Nepal after... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Global population small and apparently in rapid decline over the past 20 years, following human population pressure and changes in agriculture, the latter... read more
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