Ploceidae – Weavers, Widowbirds

Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius) by Bob-Nan

Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius) by Bob-Nan

Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work. (Exodus 35:35 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Ploceidae – Weavers, Widowbirds


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White-billed Buffalo Weaver (Bubalornis albirostris) ©WikiC
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver (Bubalornis niger) ©WikiC
White-headed Buffalo Weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli) by Bob-Nan
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali) ©WikiC
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser superciliosus) IBC
Donaldson Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser donaldsoni) ©WikiC
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser rufoscapulatus) IBC
Rufous-tailed Weaver (Histurgops ruficauda) ©WikiC
Grey-capped Social Weaver (Pseudonigrita arnaudi) by Daves BirdingPix
Black-capped Social Weaver (Pseudonigrita cabanisi) ©WikiC
Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) ©WikiC
Scaly-feathered Weaver (Sporopipes squamifrons) ©WikiC
Speckle-fronted Weaver (Sporopipes frontalis) ©WikiC
Thick-billed Weaver (Amblyospiza albifrons) IBC
Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht) by Bob-Nan
Bannerman’s Weaver (Ploceus bannermani) IBC
Bates’s Weaver (Ploceus batesi) ©Drawing WikiC
Black-chinned Weaver (Ploceus nigrimentus) WorldBirds
Bertram’s Weaver (Ploceus bertrandi) ©Drawing WikiC
Slender-billed Weaver (Ploceus pelzelni) by Daves BirdingPix
Loango Weaver (Ploceus subpersonatus) IBC
Little Weaver (Ploceus luteolus) ©WikiC
Spectacled Weaver (Ploceus ocularis) ©WikiC
Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis) IBC
Strange Weaver (Ploceus alienus) ©WikiC
Black-billed Weaver (Ploceus melanogaster) ©WikiC
Cape Weaver (Ploceus capensis) by Ian
Bocage’s Weaver (Ploceus temporalis) IBC
Eastern Golden Weaver (Ploceus subaureus) ©WikiC
Holub’s Golden Weaver (Ploceus xanthops) by Daves BirdingPix
Orange Weaver (Ploceus aurantius) IBC
Heuglin’s Masked Weaver (Ploceus heuglini) IBC – Specimen
Golden Palm Weaver (Ploceus bojeri) ©WikiC
Taveta Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) ©WikiC – *LLABS*
Principe Weaver (Ploceus princeps) IBC
Northern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus castanops) IBC
Southern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus xanthopterus) ©WikiC
Kilombero Weaver (Ploceus burnieri) Drawing WorldBirds
Rüppell’s Weaver (Ploceus galbula) IBC
Northern Masked Weaver (Ploceus taeniopterus) IBC
Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius) by Bob-Nan – ©WikiC
Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) ©WikiC
Katanga Masked Weaver (Ploceus katangae) BirdForum
Lufira Masked Weaver (Ploceus ruweti) WorldBirds
Tanzanian Masked Weaver (Ploceus reichardi) WorldBirds
Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus) ©WikiC
Speke’s Weaver (Ploceus spekei) ©WikiC
Fox’s Weaver (Ploceus spekeoides) ©©Photobucket
Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) by Daves BirdingPix
Giant Weaver (Ploceus grandis) IBC
Vieillot’s Black Weaver (Ploceus nigerrimus) ©WikiC
Weyns’s Weaver (Ploceus weynsi) IBC
Clarke’s Weaver (Ploceus golandi) IBC
Juba Weaver (Ploceus dichrocephalus) IBC
Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus) by Daves BirdingPix
Golden-backed Weaver (Ploceus jacksoni) ©WikiC
Cinnamon Weaver (Ploceus badius) Birding Sudan
Chestnut Weaver (Ploceus rubiginosus) ©WikiC
Golden-naped Weaver (Ploceus aureonucha) Drawing WorldBirds
Yellow-mantled Weaver (Ploceus tricolor) ©WikiC
Maxwell’s Black Weaver (Ploceus albinucha) IBC
Nelicourvi Weaver (Ploceus nelicourvi) IBC
Sakalava Weaver (Ploceus sakalava) ©WikiC
Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus) ©WikiC
Compact Weaver (Ploceus superciliosus) IBC
Black-breasted Weaver (Ploceus benghalensis) by Nikhil Devasar
Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar) by Nikhil Devasar
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) by Nikhil Devasar – Articles
Finn’s Weaver (Ploceus megarhynchus) OBI
Dark-backed Weaver (Ploceus bicolor) ©WikiC
Preuss’s Weaver (Ploceus preussi) IBC
Yellow-capped Weaver (Ploceus dorsomaculatus) Drawing CollinsBirds
Olive-headed Weaver (Ploceus olivaceiceps) ©WikiC
Usambara Weaver (Ploceus nicolli) IBC
Brown-capped Weaver (Ploceus insignis) IBC
Bar-winged Weaver (Ploceus angolensis) IBC – ©Drawing WikiC
Sao Tome Weaver (Ploceus sanctithomae) IBC
Yellow-legged Weaver (Ploceus flavipes) Drawing CollinsBirds
Red-crowned Malimbe (Malimbus coronatus) ©Drawing WikiC
Cassin’s Malimbe (Malimbus cassini) IBC – ©Drawing WikiC
Rachel’s Malimbe (Malimbus racheliae) IBC
Gola Malimbe (Malimbus ballmanni) ARKive
Red-vented Malimbe (Malimbus scutatus) ©Drawing WikiC
Ibadan Malimbe (Malimbus ibadanensis) Drawing CollinsBirds
Blue-billed Malimbe (Malimbus nitens) ©WikiC
Red-headed Malimbe (Malimbus rubricollis) ©WikiC
Red-bellied Malimbe (Malimbus erythrogaster) Drawing CollinsBirds
Crested Malimbe (Malimbus malimbicus) ©WikiC
Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps) IBC
Cardinal Quelea (Quelea cardinalis) ©WikiC
Red-headed Quelea (Quelea erythrops) ©WikiC
Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) ©©JoMar – Article
Red Fody (Foudia madagascariensis) by Bob-Nan – OBI
Comoros Fody (Foudia eminentissima) IBC
Aldabra Fody (Foudia aldabrana) ©©M Jorgensen
Forest Fody (Foudia omissa) ©WikiC
Mauritius Fody (Foudia rubra) ©WikiC
Seychelles Fody (Foudia sechellarum) IBC
Rodrigues Fody (Foudia flavicans) ©Drawing WikiC
Bob-tailed Weaver (Brachycope anomala)
Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer) ©WikiC
Fire-fronted Bishop (Euplectes diadematus) IBC
Black Bishop (Euplectes gierowii) ©WikiC
Zanzibar Red Bishop (Euplectes nigroventris) ©WikiC
Black-winged Red Bishop (Euplectes hordeaceus) ©WikiC
Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix) ©WikiC
Northern Red Bishop (Euplectes franciscanus) by Ray – *LLABS*
Golden-backed Bishop (Euplectes aureus) IBC Video
Yellow Bishop (Euplectes capensis) by Bob-Nan
Fan-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes axillaris) ©WikiC
Yellow-mantled Widowbird (Euplectes macroura) ©WikiC
Marsh Widowbird (Euplectes hartlaubi) IBC
Montane Widowbird (Euplectes psammacromius) ©WikiC
White-winged Widowbird (Euplectes albonotatus) ©WikiC
Red-collared Widowbird (Euplectes ardens) ©WikiC
Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne) ©WikiC
Jackson’s Widowbird (Euplectes jacksoni) ©WikiC – Video IBC
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The Ploceidae, or weavers, are small passerine birds related to the finches.

These are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills, most of which are from Sub-Saharan Africa, with fewer species in tropical Asia. A few species have been introduced outside their native range.[1] The weaver group is divided into the buffalo, sparrow, typical, and widow weavers. The males of many species are brightly coloured, usually in red or yellow and black, some species show variation in colour only in the breeding season.

Weaver birds, also known as weaver finches, get their name because of their elaborately woven nests (the most elaborate of any birds’), though some are notable for their selective parasitic nesting habits. The nests vary in size, shape, material used, and construction techniques from species to species. Materials used for building nests include fine leaf-fibers, grass, and twigs. Many species weave very fine nests using thin strands of leaf fiber, though some, like the buffalo-weavers, form massive untidy stick nests in their colonies, which may have spherical woven nests within. The sparrow weavers of Africa build apartment-house nests, in which 100 to 300 pairs have separate flask-shaped chambers entered by tubes at the bottom. Most species weave nests that have narrow entrances, facing downward.

Many (but not all) species of weavers are gregarious birds that breed colonially. The birds build their nests together for protection, often several to a branch. Usually the male birds weave the nests and use them as a form of display to lure prospective females. The weaver bird colonies may be found close to water bodies. They sometimes cause crop damage, notably the Red-billed Quelea, reputed to be the world’s most numerous bird. (Wikipedia)

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