French: Tisserin de Maxwell German: Trauerweber Spanish: Tejedor de Maxwell
Other common names: Maxwell's Weaver
Quanza, Angola; error = West Africa.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. albinucha
(Bocage, 1876) – S Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast and SW Ghana.
P. a. holomelas
Sassi, 1920 – S Nigeria, W & S Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, NE & SW Gabon, NW Congo, SW Central African Republic, NE DRCongo and, rare, W Uganda.
P. a. maxwelli
(Alexander, 1903) – Bioko.
13–15 cm; 25–30 g. Nominate race has plumage black, with glossy upperparts, nape feathers with white bases, showing as pale patch (especially when plumage... read more
Soft swizzling call may represent song. Contact call when in flocks "chick chick".
Lowland evergreen forest, also near villages surrounded by secondary forest, and often in vicinity... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera); also berries, and nectar from flowering trees. Of 13... read more
In W Africa, active nests in Feb in Sierra Leone, fledglings seen Nov–Dec in Liberia and Ghana, and birds with enlarged gonads in Mar... read more
No information; presumed resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; rare in Uganda. Possibly vulnerable to destruction of forest habitat. In villages, young in nesting colony... read more
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