French: Tisserin géant German: Riesenweber Spanish: Tejedor gigante
G. R. Gray, 1844,
São Tomé I, in Gulf of Guinea.
22 cm; 62–65 g. Very large, stocky weaver. Male has most of head down to chin and throat black, blending into chestnut-brown on rear crown; mantle to upper back dull... read more
Song a series of chattering notes terminating in a wheeze, “pche pche pche pche pche pche... read more
Natural forest, plantations of cocoa, coffee and oil palms (Elaeis guineensis), and... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds, crushed nuts of cocoa trees, fruit of oil palm, papaya (Carica papaya), berries of Alchornea cordifolia;... read more
Egg-laying observed in Jan, copulation and nest-building noted in Dec, and juveniles in Mar–Apr. Monogamous. Solitary nester; highly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in São Tomé EBA. Common on the island.
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