Taveta golden weaver in exhibit

Taveta Golden Weaver

Scientific Name

Ploceus castaneiceps

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Range

Eastern Africa, from Kenya to Tanzania

Habitat

Forests, shrublands, savannas, and wetlands

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Taveta golden weaver
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Taveta golden weavers were named, in part, for the males' bright yellow feathers, which are paired with a green-tinted tail and wings and auburn patches on their nape and chest. Females have duller yellow-green plumage. These small songbirds primarily eat seeds, grasses, and insects. They often nest in large colonies, sometimes mixed with other weaver species.

Interesting Fact 1

Although classified as a songbird, their song is often described as harsh and unpleasant; it sounds like a low-pitched chattering.

Interesting Fact 2

The “weaver” portion of their name comes from the elaborate nests that males “weave” from grass.

Interesting Fact 3

Females often choose a mate based on nest-weaving skills.

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