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Weavers: Spectacled Weaver

Unread postby cybeR@NGER » 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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Spectacled Weaver

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:22 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JoelR » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:33 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:40 am

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

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:44 am

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

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:46 am

Cape Weavers are exceptionally scarce for Kruger!

They are listed as a possible vagrant in Kruger.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JoelR » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:48 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:54 am

The back and flanks are quite plain.

A Cape Weaver has a mottled back and the flanks are well marked.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby francoisd » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:59 am

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

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:01 pm

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.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:03 pm

Agree. :D
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Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:13 am

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:36 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:39 am

Your gut feel of Spectacled Weaver looks good. Juvenile Spectacled Weavers have brown eyes and pale bill's.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:38 am

DotDan - thanks for the help.
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