Weaver news

Ringing trip to coastal Zululand

2010-11-11 (84)

A team of ringers will be visiting ringing sites near St Lucia from 14 to 19 November. One of the aims is to ring Southern Brown-throated Weavers Ploceus xanthopterus (left: female).

This species was first ringed in 1969 in southern Africa, by which time all other weaver species had been ringed. Only 429 have been caught in South Africa, although several thousand were ringed in Malawi (and by Mrs Dale Hanmer. Dale wrote an ageing and sexing guide for this species, based on her ringing experience.