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Village Weaver

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Scientific Name:

Ploceus cucullatus


Distribution

Burundi, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda


Diet:

Mainly granivorous. Seeds, cereals, fruits (wild figs, cactus fruit), palm oil nuts, nectar, insects (such as beetles, ants, termites, grasshoppers, mantids, caterpillars).


Facts

Habitat:  Savanna, riverine woodland, wetlands, cultivated areas, villages, gardens.


Incubation: 12 days / 2-4 eggs


Social structure: Large flocks


Weight: male 46gr max, female 37gr max


Dimensions: 17cm


Lifespan: ~14


Population in the wild: unknown, abundant and widespread


Threats: There are no substantial threats to this species.


IUCN Status: Least concern


Did you know that:

  1. More than 200 nests can be woven in a single tree with colonies exceeding1000 nests
  2. The nest is woven by the male within 11 hours, from strips torn from reed or palm leaves. The male often includes a ceiling layer of broad leaves. The female lines an accepted nest with leaves, grass-heads and some feathers.
  3. The males are polygynous with up to five females simultaneously on territory, females may also change mates.
  4. Young are primarily fed with insects
  5. Nests are predated by snakes including the mamba, monkeys, crows and hawks. 



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