French: Tisserin de Rüppell German: Gilbweber Spanish: Tejedor de Rüppell
Modat Valley, Eritrea
NE & E Sudan, N Eritrea (including Dahlak Archipelago), C & NE Ethiopia, Djibouti, N Somalia, and S Arabian Peninsula (SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen, W Oman); old record from NE Kenya.
14 cm; male 20–29 g, female 16–21 g. Male breeding has forehead back to level of eye and down to lores, cheek and ear-coverts chestnut-brown; crown golden-yellow... read more
Song a series of chattering sounds, followed by a swizzling element, and ending in chatter, "chuk-... read more
Savanna, arid coastal plains, cultivated areas and waterside vegetation; also gardens. From sea-... read more
Food and feeding
Diet reported as seeds, including those of cereal crops. Forages in small groups and in larger flocks. In Arabia usually in groups of 10... read more
In Sudan, season May–Aug in Gedaref area, Mar–May elsewhere; breeds in all months except Jun–Aug in Eritrea, all months... read more
Resident; move short distances away from breeding areas after nesting. Probably nomadic in more... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally abundant. An old record from NE Kenya. Considered a pest of grain crops in some areas; causes damage to cereal crops such as millet, sorghum... read more
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