Kenya Birds

Black-necked Weaver


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Black-necked Weaver

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Ploceus nigricollis

Other Pics: Black-necked Weaver Nest Building

Other Names

    French Tisserin à cou noir   German Kurzflügelweber   Spanish Tejedor cuellinegro   Swedish Olivryggad tunnelvävare   Dutch Zwartnekwever   Italian Tessitore dagli occhiali

World: Africa - occurs in a band between 15°N and 10°S from the West coast through to East Africa.

Kenya: P. n. nigricollis is found in moister regions of Western Kenya. P. n. melanoxanthus occurs in dry bush and woodland mainly to the E of the Rift Valley.

This is a shy, retiring insectiverous weaver which occurs in pairs or small groups. They often join mixed species groups to forage on the ground. Their nest (see the alternate picture) has a long downward hanging entrance tube. The race pictured on these pages is P. n. melanoxanthus and shows its characteristic black back colouration (P. n. nigricollis is sepia-brown).

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