French: Tisserin noir German: Vieillotweber Spanish: Tejedor de Vieillot
Other common names:
“Kingdom of Congo“
SE Nigeria, S Cameroon, S Central African Republic and extreme S South Sudan, S to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DRCongo, and N Angola (including Cabinda), also S Uganda, extreme W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW & W Tanzania.
15–17 cm; 21–44 g. Adult male has completely black plumage; iris yellow; bill black; legs greyish to pinkish brown. Female dull greenish on upperparts, with narrow, weak dark... read more
Song a sputtering and chattering phrase; short song “chrrr-szee-zuit”, given during territorial... read more
Forest clearings, often in villages, wooded regions and tall-grass savanna; closely associated with... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, but not well described; probably also includes seeds, berries, and nectar from flowering trees. Often utilizes prying... read more
Breeds Feb in Nigeria, in all months except Aug in Cameroon, Dec–Feb, Apr and Jul in Gabon, Jul–Aug in Central African Republic... read more
Presumed resident; may move far from colonies to forage.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant through most of range, but distribution is somewhat patchy. Often closely associated with people.
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