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Weaver: Village (Spotted-backed)

Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:56 pm

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Seen at Lake Panic hide, KNP (Oct'06)

The Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) completes the black-faced weavers trilogy. It differs from the other two, viz. Southern Masked and Lesser Masked in that, apart from being slighlty larger (14-16 cm), its black facial mask does not extend onto the forehead, which is completely yellow (except in the Northern Zimbabwean race, which has a wholly black head). The breeding male has a molted back, black bill, red eyes and brownish pink legs and feet.
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:25 pm

Here's another Lake Panic village weaver.

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Village (Spotted-backed) Weaver

Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:33 pm

Ok, I’m bit confused by the following weavers I photographed this morning in Marloth…. Looks like Village Weavers…but that red??? :?

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:47 pm

Jumbo wrote:Ok, I’m bit confused by the following weavers I photographed this morning in Marloth…. Looks like Village Weavers…but that red??? :?


:lol: This "new sub-specie" does pop up this time of the year when all kinds of well-known feathered friends don their aloe pollen masks.

Some years ago I got very excited about a red-faced strain of bulbuls :lol:

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This is what makes some aloe species so very special - when there is little else for the animals to feed on, guess what... these aloes are in full bloom!

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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:59 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote: :lol: This "new sub-specie" does pop up this time of the year when all kinds of well-known feathered friends don their aloe pollen masks.


Ag, I’m sooo dof!! :roll: Of cause it is the aloes!!! :redface:
I now remember that last winter we saw a Fork-tailed Drongo with the same red face…..we were quite puzzled with this till we saw it catching insects out of aloe flowers. This year we however do not have one aloe that has flowers or leaves around our house. …Kudus ate all (drought)….thus I did not even think about the aloe flowers.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Didbird » Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:30 pm

For you, I have a new problem with two birds near a yellow-fronted Canary, a big one and a more smaller. Two weavers but from two different species, I suggest Village Weaver or Cape weaver for the bigger and Masked Weaver for the other one. What do you think about them?
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Re: Help for id

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:21 pm

Didbird, it always helps to give where you have seen the birds!! :wink: :D

Middle - Village Weaver(Cape is very olive)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby jacliz » Sat May 09, 2009 4:57 pm

Anyone have a clue what this could be? Been puzzling for years. Apologies for atrocious pic. quality. It was deep in the woods so v. little light. Looks like some sort of weaver but I remember it seemed too large for that, and beak too large? It was taken near Nylstroom.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby adrianp » Mon May 11, 2009 2:36 pm

Hi Jacliz

Have you considered spotted backed weaver? They are similar to masked in appearance, but a little bigger.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby jacliz » Mon May 11, 2009 3:25 pm

Hi Peter

Thanks so much. I think that's it. Never noticed it in Roberts as the picture of the female is cut off at the chest and all my other books only show the br. male. Another tick! :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon May 11, 2009 7:19 pm

Definatly looks like Village(spotted backed) Weaver to me too....Bill size, and mottling on the back.
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Unread postby arks » Thu May 14, 2009 2:38 am

I agree with RJ. I saw quite a few of these in my garden in Darling during November 2008 :D
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:03 pm

I would appreciate some help with the following two: :pray:

A very yellow female Cape Weaver, or maybe a female (br) Yellow Weaver (out of range a bit) or a juvenile Golden Weaver? Seen in January at Gudzani Dam

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:29 pm

Village Weaver males, look like 1st years...Hence no black present.....the mottled back and bill length confirm the ID in my opinion. :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jumbo » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:57 pm

Thanks (again :wink: ) RJ :D …I did consider Village Weaver due to the markings on the back, but what bothered me was that the upper mandible did not have the blackish colour of a Village Weaver. Non of my resources actually describe the colour of the bill for a immature VW…only say the juvenile resembles the female….do you possibly have something on this?


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