French: Tisserin de Speke German: Somaliweber Spanish: Tejedor de Speke
C, S & E Ethiopia, N & E Somalia, and SW & C Kenya S to NC Tanzania.
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
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
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
Breeds Apr–Sept in Ethiopia, May–Jun in Somalia, Feb–Jul and Oct–Dec (peak Mar–Apr) in Kenya, and Feb–... read more
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.
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