Village Weaver - Ploceus cucullatus

Length 5.9-6.7 in (15.0-17.0 cm)
Weight M: 1.2-1.7 oz (33-47 g), F: 0.9-1.4 oz (26-40 g)
Clutch Size 2-3
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

The Village Weaver is also known as the Spotted-backed Weaver and the Black-headed Weaver (which is the same name Ploceus melanocephalus) is called. They are found in most of sub-Saharan Africa.

The breeding males of the various sub-species all have black on their heads edged by chestnut. The amount varies between the sub-species. The underparts are yellow and the upperparts are black and yellow. During non-breeding, the male yellow plumage becomes more whitish-gray and the black head becomes a dirty yellow. The female has a yellowish head, pale yellow underparts and yellow and black wings.

Village Weaver mainly eat seeds and grain. Insects are also eaten and given to the young.

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