French: Tisserin à gorge brune German: Braunkehlweber Spanish: Tejedor gorjipardo sureño
Hartlaub and Finsch, 1870,
Shire Valley, Malawi.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. x. castaneigula
(Cabanis, 1884) – W Zambia, NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N Botswana and extreme NW Zimbabwe.
P. x. xanthopterus
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) – SW Tanzania, Malawi, N & C Mozambique and extreme NE Zimbabwe.
P. x. marleyi
(Roberts, 1929) – S Mozambique (S of R Save) and coastal NE South Africa.
15 cm; male 22–31 g, female 16–24 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead, crown, cheek and ear-coverts golden-yellow becoming greenish-yellow on mantle and... read more
Song a jumbled sequence of nasal, buzzing, trilling and hissing notes, "zeep seep zzz... read more
Reedbeds and tall aquatic vegetation such as papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) in wetlands;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes seeds of grasses such as Panicum maximum, berries, flowers and nectar from Combretum mozambicensis, ... read more
Breeds Mar in Tanzania, Feb–Mar in Zambia, Oct–Apr in Malawi, Oct–Nov in Botswana, Nov–Mar (mainly Jan–Feb)... read more
Resident; in Malawi, no ringed individuals known to have moved farther than 8 km from ringing site. read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally abundant. In Mozambique, estimated population more than 10,000 individuals in C region of country and 1000 in S. Numbers in Botswana and in S... read more
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