French: Tisserin du Nil German: Goldmantelweber Spanish: Tejedor del Nilo
W, S & E Sudan, South Sudan, W & SW Ethiopia, NE DRCongo, and W Kenya (L Baringo and L Bogoria).
13 cm; 20–27 g. Male breeding has black face from forehead back to just behind eyes and extending into bib on breast, bordered with dark chestnut-brown on crown and... read more
Song hesitant and jerky, with unmusical terminal flourish. Harsh, grating alarm call reminiscent of... read more
Tall grassland with scattered acacia trees (Acacia); along larger rivers, and swamps.... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily seeds, including those of cultivated sorghum and millet; also insects. Stomach contents included beetle (Coleoptera),... read more
Breeds Aug–Oct in Sudan, Jul–Nov in DRCongo and May–Sept in Kenya. Polygynous. Colonial, in small groups of up to ten... read more
Presumed resident, with small local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant in Sudan. Occurs in many isolated and sparsely populated areas. In the past, large flocks caused damage to crops... read more
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