Southern Masked Weaver - Ploceus velatus

Length 4.3-5.7 in (11.0-14.5 cm)
Weight 0.9-1.2 oz (25-34 g)
Clutch Size 2-5
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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.

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