French: Tisserin à lunettes German: Brillenweber Spanish: Tejedor de anteojos
Eastern Cape (= Durban), South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. o. crocatus
(Hartlaub, 1881) – SE Nigeria and Cameroon E, discontinuously, to W & S South Sudan, SW Ethiopia, Uganda, W Kenya and Tanzania (W of Rift Valley), S to S Angola (R Cunene), NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), Botswana (Okavango Basin), Zambia (W of Muchinga Mts) and NW Zimbabwe (Zambezi Valley).
P. o. suahelicus
Neumann, 1905 – Kenya E of Rift Valley, E Tanzania, Malawi, E Zambia, E Zimbabwe and Mozambique (N of R Limpopo).
P. o. ocularis
A. Smith, 1828 – Mozambique (S of R Limpopo), E South Africa and Swaziland.
15–17 cm; 22–32 g. Male nominate race has buffish-brown forehead and crown, yellow nape grading into golden-olive on mantle and back; rump and tail olive-green;... read more
Song of male a short, twanging phrase, directed to female at nest, also when pair-members meet... read more
Woodland, from savanna with sparse trees to bushy thickets and wooded valleys, also forest margins... read more
Food and feeding
Diet chiefly insects, including grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles and their larvae (Coleoptera),... read more
Breeds in Dec in Cameroon, Oct in Ethiopia; in DRCongo, Apr–May and Aug–Sept in NE, Sept–Feb in S, Jan–Mar in... read more
Apparently sedentary; of 298 ringed individuals recaptured or found dead in S Africa, only one was... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and often common in modified habitats; scarce to not uncommon in NW part of range. Estimated population in Kruger National Park, in NE... read more
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