Taveta golden weaver in exhibit

Taveta Golden Weaver

Scientific Name
Ploceus castaneiceps
Eastern Africa, from Kenya to Tanzania
Forests, shrublands, savannas, and wetlands
Estimated Wild Population
Taveta golden weaver in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

Did You Know?

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

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

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

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