Weaver news

PAPER: Breeding biology of the Loango Weaver

2011-11-11 (164)

Passavy G. 2011. Notes on the breeding biology of the Loango Weaver Ploceus subpersonatus and its adaptation to urban habitats. Malimbus 33:78-85

Abstract. From 2007 to 2009, the Loango Weaver was regularly observed in and around Port-Gentil, Gabon. One nest was found in a Eucalyptus tree, another in farmland close to an industrial area. Two juveniles were fed boiled rice by an adult male in a suburban garden. Loango Weavers can thus breed in suburban areas. The nest and the plumage detail of two juveniles of the Loango Weaver are described for the first time.

The article is illustrated with colour photos: a male nest building, completed nests, and a juvenile. This is the first time any breeding information has been published for the species (see here for the PHOWN page, which currently has no breeding info based on the Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15).

The author subsequently uploaded the above published records to PHOWN, see VM 2007 and VM 2008.