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Ploceus castaneiceps

Africa, from SE Kenya to NE Tanzania

The Taveta Gold Weaver is known as a very chatty bird because it tends to make a lot of noise. The birds’ name derives from their gold coloring and their incredible nest making skills. Males have bright gold feathers while females have deeper yellow-olive color. Males must build intricate nests to impress females. Each strand in the weavers nest is carefully woven and meticulously placed. Their tight construction makes it very difficult to pull a strand out of the nest. The birds use fresh grass to create their circular nests. The birds are very social and nest in large colonies.

Habitat: Swamps, rivers and woodlands
Diet: Seeds, fruits and insects
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: About the size of a finch
Lifespan: Up to 20 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: Weave intricate nests in colonies


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