French: Tisserin sakalave German: Sakalavaweber Spanish: Tejedor sakalava
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. sakalava
Hartlaub, 1861 – N & W Madagascar.
P. s. minor
(Delacour & Berlioz, 1931) – SW & S Madagascar.
15 cm; 20–28 g. Male breeding has sharply demarcated yellow head to upper breast; feathers of mantle and scapulars grey-brown with ill-defined darker centres, fringed... read more
Male has repetitive "chee-chee" song while fluttering wings. Flight call "treeyoo".
Open country in drier lowlands, often in areas cleared for human settlement; also found in spiny-... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily granivorous, diet including some rice (Oryza); also insects and spiders (Araneae) taken regularly, especially when... read more
Timing may be determined by local rainfall, Sept–Oct in N Madagascar and Nov–Apr in W; in more arid SW irregular, starting as... read more
Leaves breeding colonies after nesting; presumably undertakes local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in many parts of range. Closely associated with people; generally protected by local tradition, which deems that weavers nesting in villages... read more
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