Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Speke's Weaver (Ploceus spekei)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin de Speke German: Somaliweber Spanish: Tejedor de Speke
Taxonomy:

Hyphantornis spekei

Heuglin

, 1861,

north Somalia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

C, S & E Ethiopia, N & E Somalia, and SW & C Kenya S to NC Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 34–43 g, female 28–37 g. Male has forehead, crown and nape golden-yellow, passing into olive-green on nape; mantle and back feathers blackish with... read more

Voice

Song a series of repetitive notes leading into a chatter, "tz-z-z-z-z za za eee eh eh ch-ch-ch tzz-... read more

Habitat

Bushy and wooded country with available water; usually at 1200–2200 m. In Nairobi (Kenya),... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, including those of crops such as maize (Zea mays); also insects, including alate termites (Isoptera), especially when... read more

Breeding

Breeds Apr–Sept in Ethiopia, May–Jun in Somalia, Feb–Jul and Oct–Dec (peak Mar–Apr) in Kenya, and Feb–... read more

Movements

Presumed resident; most move away from breeding colonies when not nesting.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Regarded as a significant crop pest in some areas.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Speke's Weaver (Ploceus spekei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61041 on 18 December 2017).