The weaver bird family

There are 117 living species in the weaver bird family (Ploceidae), excluding the sparrows of genus Passer, see species list here. Read more about the family here.

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Holubs Golden Weaver

PHOWN:
Accepted: 25801
(Uploaded: 25801)

Total nests counted: 8071784

Latest weaver links:
128 Cape Weaver feeding at fresh horse dung
127 Red-collared Widowbird - male display flight
126 Yellow Bishop - territory calling

Todays weaver type: (see more here)
27 Mar 1906, Sycobrotus herberti , Preuss's Weaver

Latest weaver news

Ringing weekend at the Nature College, 18-19 March 2017

2017-03-23 (773)
A team of ringers and helpers (Graeme and Jacky Furno, Loutjie and Aneldi Steenberg, Dieter Oschadleus) visited the Nature College to demonstrate bird ringing to the current students, and to continue training Jana Malherbe as a ringer.

We arrived on Friday, and Jacky caught a Pale Chanting Goshawk on a bal-chatri. Mist-nets were up on Saturday morning at the dam wall, but it became too windy so we moved our nets around the farm house for the rest of Saturday and also Sunday morning.

The top ringed species were Cape Sparrow, Southern Masked Weaver, and (surprisingly!) White-backed Mousebird. There were 13 recaptures, mostly of birds ringed a month previously by Vincent Ward. One Cape Weaver, however, had been ringed by Philip Coetzee 8 years 9 months previously (ring BE04041). One of the specials was Fairy Flycatcher, weighing in at a mere 5-6g.

Thanks very much to Jana and Francois Malherbe for hosting us so well!

Cape Weaver
Cape Weaver, 8y male retrap
Fairy Flycatcher
Fairy Flycatcher
quelea
Red-billed Quelea
scorpion
Opistophthalmus karrooensis
moth
Cyligramma latona moth
Ringing around the farm house

Ringing totals for the weekend:

Sp Species Latin Ring Retrap
165 Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus 1  
391 White-backed Mousebird Colius colius 30 3
402 Brown-hooded Kingfisher Halcyon albiventris 1  
432 Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas 1  
498 Pearlbreasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata 1  
543 Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis 2
570 Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris 2  
581 Cape Robin Cossypha caffra 2  
583 Karoo Robin Erythropygia coryphaeus 1  
646 Levaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens   1
651 Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa 1  
665 Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens 2  
678 Fairy Flycatcher Stenostira scita 2  
686 Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis 2  
707 Fiscal Shrike Lanius collaris 2 1
746 Pied Starling Spreo bicolor 6  
760 Southern Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia chalybea 2  
784 House Sparrow Passer domesticus 4  
786 Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus 40 2
787 Southern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer diffusus 2  
799 Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis 16 2
803 Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus 38 2
805 Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea 11  
808 Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix 17  
865 White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis 1  
  Totals   185 13

Weaver Wednesday 3 [249] - Range changes [12]: Holub's Golden Weaver

2017-03-22 (772)

gravit8 Weaver Wednesday 3: range changes in S Africa (species text)

Holub's Golden Weaver Ploceus xanthops

map
Holub's Golden Weaver, Range-change map between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-current).
Red, orange and yellow = cells with very large, large, and small relative decreases
Blue, dark green and light green = cells with very large, large and small relative increases.
Cells = quarter-degree grid cells; Only cells with at least 4 checklists in both SABAP1&2 shown. All cells had this species recorded in SABAP1 or in SABAP2 or in both (more about interpretation at Biodiversity Observations 7.62: 1-13).

Holub's Golden Weaver
Holub's Golden Weaver,
figure from Birdpix

Range changes in SA

Range change summary
More 4 lists 30 lists
increases n % n %
Decrease 49 34 34 33
Tiny change 17 12 14 14
Increase 76 53 55 54
Total 142 100 103 100
In South Africa the Holub's Golden Weaver has many more grid cells with increases in reporting rate than cells showing decreases, between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-).

The points below match the points on the map above.

Areas with very large increases include:
1. Limpopo province.
2. Mpumalanga, centered on Nelspruit (also the core of its range in South Africa).
3. KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Areas with very large decreases:
On the edges of its range in South Africa, particularly around the areas of high increases in Limpopo (no. 1) and the western edge of the KwaZulu-Natal midlands (no. 3).

Range changes elsewhere

None known.

Weaver Wednesday 3 [248] - Range changes [11]: Eastern Golden Weaver

2017-03-15 (771)

gravit8 Weaver Wednesday 3: range changes in S Africa (species text)

Eastern Golden Weaver Ploceus subaureus

map
Eastern Golden Weaver, Range-change map between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-current).
Red, orange and yellow = cells with very large, large, and small relative decreases
Blue, dark green and light green = cells with very large, large and small relative increases.
Cells = quarter-degree grid cells; Only cells with at least 4 checklists in both SABAP1&2 shown. All cells had this species recorded in SABAP1 or in SABAP2 or in both (more about interpretation at Biodiversity Observations 7.62: 1-13).

Eastern Golden Weaver
Eastern Golden Weaver,
figure from Birdpix

Range changes in SA

Range change summary
More 4 lists 30 lists
increases n % n %
Decrease 31 22 21 19
Tiny change 30 21 23 21
Increase 83 57 63 59
Total 144 100 107 100
In South Africa the Eastern Golden Weaver has many more grid cells with increases in reporting rate than cells showing decreases, between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-).

The points below match the points on the map above.

Areas with very large increases include:
1. The lowveld of Swaziland, with a recent range expansion north into Mpumalanga.
2. The KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Areas with mixed changes:
3. KwaZulu-Natal coast - most grids show small changes (either increases or decreases), but some grids show large changes.

Areas with very large decreases:
4. Eastern Cape, on the interior edge of its range.

Range changes elsewhere

Tanzania: range extension to Tarangire NP (Demey 2007c).

Weaver Wednesday 3 [247] - Range changes [10]: Cape Weaver

2017-03-08 (770)

gravit8 Weaver Wednesday 3: range changes in S Africa (species text)

Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis

map
Cape Weaver, Range-change map between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-current).
Red, orange and yellow = cells with very large, large, and small relative decreases
Blue, dark green and light green = cells with very large, large and small relative increases.
Cells = quarter-degree grid cells; Only cells with at least 4 checklists in both SABAP1&2 shown. All cells had this species recorded in SABAP1 or in SABAP2 or in both (more about interpretation at Biodiversity Observations 7.62: 1-13).

Cape Weaver
Cape Weaver,
figure from Birdpix

Range changes in SA

Range change summary
More 4 lists 30 lists
increases n % n %
Decrease 366 35 165 33
Tiny change 298 29 172 35
Increase 364 36 163 32
Total 1028 100 500 100
In South Africa the Cape Weaver has about the same number of grid cells with increases, as cells with decreases, in reporting rate, between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-).

The points below match the points on the map above.

Areas with very large increases include:
1. Lower Orange River in the Northern Cape.
2. Central parts of the Northern Cape and western Free State - new range records at scattered localities.

Areas with mixed changes:
3. Western Cape - this is the core part of the range for the Cape Weaver, with some grids showing large increases, but most grids showing small changes (either increases or decreases).

Areas with very large decreases:
4. Border of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
5. Gauteng - the Cape Weaver occurs here at a low reporting rate.

Range changes elsewhere

Namibia: breeding records on the Namibian side of the Orange River (Oschadleus 2016z3).

Weaver Wednesday 3 [246] - Range changes [9]: Village Weaver

2017-03-01 (769)

gravit8 Weaver Wednesday 3: range changes in S Africa (species text)

Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus

map
Village Weaver, Range-change map between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-current).
Red, orange and yellow = cells with very large, large, and small relative decreases
Blue, dark green and light green = cells with very large, large and small relative increases.
Cells = quarter-degree grid cells; Only cells with at least 4 checklists in both SABAP1&2 shown. All cells had this species recorded in SABAP1 or in SABAP2 or in both (more about interpretation at Biodiversity Observations 7.62: 1-13).

Village Weaver
Village Weaver,
figure from Birdpix

Range changes in SA

Range change summary
More 4 lists 30 lists
increases n % n %
Decrease 146 23 72 20
Tiny change 120 20 74 21
Increase 355 57 211 59
Total 621 100 357 100
In South Africa the Village Weaver has many more grid cells with increases in reporting rate than cells showing decreases, between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-).

The points below match the points on the map above.

Areas with very large increases include:
1. Western limit in the Eastern Cape.
2. Western limit of KwaZulu-Natal (including the Drakensberg) to SW Mpumalanga.
3. Northern North-west Province.

Areas with very large decreases:
4. Kruger National Park (also northern parts of Limpopo Province).

Range changes elsewhere

Sudan: now breeding resident around Khartoum; some records along Nile further north (Demey 2014b).
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