Southern Masked Weaver - Ploceus velatus
|Chicks at birth
|IUCN Conservation Status
The Southern Masked Weaver is common throughout southern Africa. They are even found in suburban gardens and parks. They are sexually dimorphic with the male having a black mask surrounded by rufous feathers and brighter yellow plumage on body.
The male weaves a nest to attract a female. If it is acceptable to a female, she will line the nest with grass and feathers. After mating, the male will attempt to do the same with another female.
Their diet consists of insects, seeds and nectar.