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 Post subject: Weavers: Spectacled Weaver
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:20 pm 
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A shy weaver that is more often heard than seen. The male Spectacled Weaver (Ploceus ocularis) (15-16 cm) is a yellow weaver with a distinctive black bib and in both sexes, a burnt-orange wash over the head, sharp, pointed black bill, pale yellow eyes and a slender black mask.

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 Post subject: Spectacled Weaver
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I took these photo's. Please can someone just help me to ID them?
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Olive-headed Weaver?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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The weaver looks like a male Cape Weaver to me, with the clear orangy wash over the face. Dunno where you saw the bird, but Olive-headed Weaver can only be found in Mozambique (in Southern Africa). It has a golden yellow crown and orange-brown throat.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Where did you see the Weaver?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I saw the weaver in Letaba camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Cape Weavers are exceptionally scarce for Kruger!

They are listed as a possible vagrant in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Oops, it seems that the black extends behind the eye and now we know you saw it in Letaba it is slowly but surely morphing into a Spectacled Weaver. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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The back and flanks are quite plain.

A Cape Weaver has a mottled back and the flanks are well marked.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I will also settle for Spectacled Weaver.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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JoelR, compare these two photo's. In hindsight a have another pic, and of the same bird - and the second one I've ID as a male spectacled weaver.
Agree?
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Agree. :D

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 Post subject: WEAVER SPECTACLED
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi guys

I'm still trying to manage birding at this time of year with all the immatures around. Some help?

I was thinking a immature Spectacled Weaver but the distinctive Eye Colour is wrong, it's dark. My birding book doesn't mention a dark eye in an immature so I looked to the other weavers but I just can't crack it. Not a female Red-headed Weaver because the belly is yellow, not white. I feel like I'm missing something obvious. Help? Seen in Letaba

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Your gut feel of Spectacled Weaver looks good. Juvenile Spectacled Weavers have brown eyes and pale bill's.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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DotDan - thanks for the help.

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