PHOWN (PHOtos of Weaver Nests)

PHOWN (PHOtos of Weaver Nests) is a citizen science monitoring project aimed at determining the distribution of colonies or nests of all weaver species globally, and studying the variation in their colony sizes. Counting weaver nests and taking photos allows tracking of changes in weaver breeding effort. This project provides an easy way of monitoring common weavers, while helping the conservation of threatened weavers. Download PHOWN flyer here. To take part, read here.

Some uses and analyses of PHOWN data:

Current statistics

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 No. of nestsRecordsSpeciesCountriesParticipants
Total possiblelots!lots!117c 606.9 billion
PHOWN records 161048

13948

82 33 317
Non-photo records 7793101

578

21 7 15
Total records 7954149

14526

84 33 321

Total stats possible: There are 117 living species of weavers (species list). There are about 60 countries in Africa, Asia and the Indian Ocean where weavers occur naturally. The current world population is about 6.9 billion humans. The number of records that can be submitted is unlimited (not really, but rather many!).

Newest species: Ibadan Malimbe
Newest country: Mauritius
Newest participant: Booysen M.

Annual totals (includes non-photo records):
2010 - 437, 2011 - 1346, 2012 - 3433, 2013 - 3022
Record month: May 2014 - 1434 PHOWN records

2014 records (includes non photo records):
Jan: 608               Jul: 127
Feb: 377               Aug: 365
Mar: 473               Sep: 1162
Apr: 496               Oct: 404
May: 1434             Nov: 20
Jun: 542              

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News items relating to this project

Latest news item:

Weaver Wednesday [124] - Discovery [7]: Madagascar Fody

2014-10-29 (588)

gravit8 Weaver Wednesday (species text)

Madagascar Fody Foudia madagascariensis

Madagascar Fody
Madagascar Fody,
figure by Flacourt 1658
Madagascar Fody
Madagascar Fody,
figure from Brisson
Madagascar Fody map
Madagascar Fody distribution,
type locality circled

Introduction

Linnaeus (1766) briefly descriped the Madagascar Fody, based on the longer description in Brisson 1760. Mathurin Jacques Brisson, a French zoologist, gave the names "Le Cardinal de Madagascar" (French) and Cardinalis madagascariensis (Latin). Brisson's painting is very poor, but his text is extensive, so there is no doubt about the species he was referring to.

Brisson noted that the Madagascar Fody originated from Madagascar, from where they were sent to RAF de Reaumur by Pierre Poivre, the administrator of Mauritius and Reunion. Poivre travelled to Madagascar in 1756 (Stresemann 1952) where he collected many bird specimens for de Reaumur.

The Madagascar Fody was first illustrated by Etienne de Flacourt, French governor of Madagascar. He wrote a book of the natural history, culture and history of southern Madagascar in 1658, including line drawings of some of the fauna and flora. He called the fody "Foulimene", and this is probably the first illustration (although a poor one) of any weaver species to appear in print.

Flacourt wrote about the fody as being captured by the locals because it was a pest on the rice crops, and he thought them to be beautiful due to their scarlet plumage.

Scientific citation

Loxia madagascariensis Linnaeus 1766 Syst. Nat., ed. 12, 1, p.300 Madagascar

Meaning of names

madagascariensis After the island of Madagascar.

Alternate names

Madagascan Fody, Madagascan Red Fody, Red Fody

Collector

Pierre Poivre.

Date collected

In 1756 when Poivre visited Madagascar.

Locality collected

Madagascar.

Type specimens

Poivre's type specimens did not survive (Stresemann 1952), but the painting of Brisson serves as a type.

All news items relating to this project

The headers below refer to Weaver News items featuring PHOWN. Click on a header to see the News item, which includes the full news item. (The number in brackets is the date that the news item appeared on Weaver Watch).


Weaver Wednesday [124] - Discovery [7]: Madagascar Fody (2014-10-29)
Weavers breeding in Eucalypts (2014-10-23)
Weaver Wednesday [123] - Discovery [6]: Cape Weaver (2014-10-22)
Weaver Wednesday [122] - Discovery [5]: Red-billed Quelea (2014-10-15)
Weavers and waterbirds (2014-10-14)
Weaver Wednesday [121] - Discovery [4]: Southern Red Bishop (2014-10-08)
Weaver Wednesday [120] - Discovery [3]: Yellow-backed Weaver (2014-10-01)
Hanging on! (2014-09-28)
Weaver Wednesday [119] - Discovery [2]: Black-throated Weaver (2014-09-24)
It's a sign ! (2014-09-21)
Weaver Wednesday [118] - Discovery [1]: Black-winged Bishop (2014-09-17)
PAPER: Cape Sparrows using Cape Weaver nests (2014-09-15)
Weaver Wednesday [117]: Aldabra Fody (2010-09-10)
Weaver Wednesday [116]: Ibadan Malimbe (2014-09-03)
Weaver Wednesday [115]: Lufira Masked Weaver (2014-08-27)
PAPER: Owl nest on weaver nest (2014-08-25)
ADU Citizen Scientist Day, Roodepoort, 16 August 2014 (2014-08-22)
Weaver Wednesday [114]: Comoro Fody (2014-08-20)
Island weavers (2014-08-19)
Weaver Wednesday [113]: Katanga Masked Weaver (2014-08-13)
Cooperatively breeding weavers (2014-08-07)
Weaver Wednesday [112]: Red-bellied Malimbe (2014-08-06)
Weavers with white eggs (2014-08-05)
All black weavers (2014-08-01)
Weaver Wednesday [111]: Yellow-legged Weaver (2014-07-30)
Weaver Wednesday [110]: Forest Fody (2014-07-23)
Weaver nests with long entrance tubes (2014-07-18)
Weaver Wednesday [109]: Maxwell's Black Weaver (2014-07-16)
Weaver Wednesday [108]: Cassin's Malimbe (2014-07-09)
Weaver Wednesday [107]: Yellow-backed Weaver (2014-07-02)
Sociable Weaver colony in a time series (2014-06-26)
Weaver Wednesday [106]: Marsh Widowbird (2014-06-25)
Weaver Wednesday [105]: Fox's Weaver (2014-06-18)
The Asian weavers (2014-06-12)
Weaver Wednesday [104]: Rachel's Malimbe (2014-06-11)
Weaver Wednesday [103]: Usambara Weaver (2014-06-04)
Weaver Wednesday [102]: Mountain Marsh Widowbird (2014-05-28)
Weaver Wednesday [101]: Streaked Weaver (2014-05-21)
Google's roadside Sociable Weavers (2014-05-15)
Weaver Wednesday [100]: Crested Malimbe (2014-05-14)
Weaver Wednesday [99]: Baglafecht Weaver (2014-05-07)
Weaver Wednesday [98]: Yellow-mantled Widowbird (2014-04-30)
Sociable Weavers at Tswalu (2014-04-25)
Weaver Wednesday [97]: Baya Weaver (2014-04-23)
First PHOWN records from Mauritius (2014-04-20)
Weaver Wednesday [96]: Gola Malimbe (2014-04-16)
Snakes and weaver nests (2014-04-11)
Weaver Wednesday [95]: Juba Weaver (2014-04-09)
Weaver Wednesday [94]: Fire-fronted Bishop (2014-04-02)
Weaver Wednesday [93]: Preuss's Weaver (2014-03-26)
Madagascar Fodies in the Seychelles (2014-03-21)
Weaver Wednesday [92]: Red-headed Malimbe (2014-03-19)
Chestnut Weaver at Upington (2014-03-18)
Weaver Wednesday [91]: Yellow-capped Weaver (2014-03-12)
Weaver Wednesday [90]: Golden-backed Bishop (2014-03-05)
Weaver Wednesday [89]: Weyns's Weaver (2014-02-26)
Weaver Wednesday [88]: Bates's Weaver (2014-02-19)
Weaver Wednesday [87]: Rodrigues Fody (2014-02-12)
Weaver Wednesday [86]: Giant Weaver (2014-02-04)
Distribution maps for all weavers (2014-01-31)
Weaver Wednesday [85]: Fan-tailed Widowbird (2014-01-29)
Weaver Wednesday [84]: Black-throated Weaver (2014-01-22)
Weaver Wednesday [83]: Bar-winged Weaver (2014-01-15)
Weaver Wednesday [82]: Long-tailed Widowbird (2014-01-08)
Weaver Wednesday [81]: Bannerman's Weaver (2014-01-01)
PHOWN 2013 (2013-12-27)
Weaver Wednesday [80]: Bertram's Weaver (2013-12-25)
Social spiders and sparrow-weavers (2013-12-20)
Weaver Wednesday [79]: Northern Red Bishop (2013-12-17)
Indian Mynas and weavers (2013-12-13)
Weaver Wednesday [78]: Brown-capped Weaver (2013-12-11)
Weaver Wednesday [77]: Finn's Weaver (2013-12-04)
Weaver Wednesday [76]: Cardinal Quelea (2013-11-27)
Southern Masked Weaver - near daily 'blog' (2013-11-22)
Weaver Wednesday [75]: Golden-naped Weaver (2013-11-20)
Breeding seasons of weavers (2013-11-15)
Weaver Wednesday [74]: Northern Brown-throated Weaver (2013-11-13)
Ecology of weaver nests (2013-11-09)
Weaver Wednesday [73]: Yellow Bishop (2013-11-06)
Weaver Wednesday [72]: Tanganyika Masked Weaver (2013-10-30)
Weavers and wasps (2013-10-25)
Weaver Wednesday [71]: Northern Masked Weaver (2013-10-23)
First PHOWN records from Cameroon (2013-10-22)
Turnover of weaver species (2013-10-18)
PHOWNing in Hoedspruit (2013-10-17)
Weaver Wednesday [70]: Madagascar Fody (Red Fody) (2013-10-15)
Tim Neary interviews Dieter about weavers (2013-10-13)
Weaver Wednesday [69]: Heuglin's Masked Weaver (2013-10-09)
Top PHOWNers! (2013-10-08)
Weaver nest sites (2013-10-05)
Weaver Wednesday [68]: Bocage's Weaver (2013-10-02)
Weaver Wednesday [67]: Chestnut-mantled Sparrow-Weaver (2013-09-25)
Weaver Wednesday [66]: Sao Tome Weaver (2013-09-18)
Weaver Wednesday [65]: Black-necked Weaver (2013-09-11)
Weavers and waterbirds (2013-09-08)
Weaver Wednesday [64]: Mauritius Fody (2013-09-04)
Decline of Baya Weavers in Bangladesh (2013-08-30)
Weaver Wednesday [63]: Village Weaver (2013-08-28)
First PHOWN records from Bangladesh (2013-08-25)
Weaver Wednesday [62]: Clarke's Weaver (2013-08-21)
Kgalagadi Sociable Weaver survey (2013-08-16)
Weaver Wednesday [61]: Black Bishop (2013-08-14)
Weaver Wednesday [60]: Black-billed Weaver (2013-08-07)
Weaver Wednesday [59]: Cinnamon Weaver (2013-07-31)
PAPER: Birds using weaver nests (2013-07-29)
PHOWN surveys (2013-07-26)
Weaver Wednesday [58]: Black-winged Bishop (2013-07-24)
PAPER: Predation by Vervet Monkey (2013-07-22)
PHOWNing on elephant back (2013-07-19)
Weaver Wednesday [57]: Loanga Weaver (2013-07-17)
PHOWN caterpillar from Villiers to Harrismith (2013-07-12)
Weaver Wednesday [56]: Principe Golden Weaver (2013-07-10)
Virtual Museum records (2013-07-05)
Weaver Wednesday [55]: Jackson's Widowbird (2013-07-03)
Ruvu Weaver - new species? (2013-06-28)
Weaver Wednesday [54]: Yellow-mantled Weaver (2013-06-26)
Weaver species ranked by mean colony size (2013-06-21)
Weaver Wednesday [53]: Olive-headed Weaver (2013-06-19)
Weaver Wednesday [52]: Red-crowned Malimbe (2013-06-12)
Weaver Wednesday [51]: Orange Weaver (2013-06-05)
History of a Red-headed Weaver pair (2013-06-02)
Weaver Wednesday [50]: Little Weaver (2013-05-29)
Weaver Wednesday [49]: Red-headed Quelea (2013-02-22)
Weaver Wednesday [48]: Vitelline Masked Weaver (2013-05-15)
Buffalo Weavers and Baobabs (2013-05-10)
Weaver Wednesday [47]: Golden-backed Weaver (2013-05-08)
Weaver Wednesday [46]: Red-vented Malimbe (2013-05-01)
Weaver Wednesday [45]: Golden Palm Weaver (2013-04-24)
First PHOWN record for Red-vented Malimbe (2013-04-19)
Weaver Wednesday [44]: Speke's Weaver (2013-04-17)
Weaver Wednesday [43]: Speckle-fronted Weaver (2013-04-10)
Weaver Wednesday [42]: Black-chinned Weaver (2013-04-03)
PAPER: Nests of the Black-chinned Weaver described (2013-04-01)
Weaver Wednesday [41]: Slender-billed Weaver (2013-03-27)
Weaver Wednesday [40]: Southern Red Bishop (2013-03-20)
Weaver Wednesday [39]: Asian Golden Weaver (2013-03-13)
Weaver Wednesday [38]: Southern Brown-throated Weaver (2013-03-06)
Weaver Wednesday [37]: Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver (2013-02-27)
Weaver Wednesday [36]: Taveta Golden Weaver (2013-02-20)
Annual Report for the ADU 2012 (2013-02-14)
Weaver Wednesday [35]: Dark-backed Weaver (2013-02-13)
Cape Weaver colony in Plettenburg Bay (2013-02-12)
Weaver Wednesday [34]: Zanzibar Bishop (2013-02-06)
Weaver Wednesday [33]: Holub's Golden Weaver (2013-01-30)
"Weavers for Africa" Conference, 26 Jan 2013 (2013-01-27)
New weaver items added this week (2013-01-24)
Weaver Wednesday [32]: Cape Weaver (2013-01-23)
Weaver Wednesday [31]: Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver (2013-01-16)
Weaver Wednesday [30]: Sakalava Weaver (2013-01-09)
Weaver Wednesday [29]: Strange Weaver (2013-01-02)
Village Weaver survey (2013-01-01)
Weaver Wednesday [28]: White-billed Buffalo-Weaver (2012-12-26)
Weaver Wednesday [27]: Vieillot's Black Weaver (2012-12-19)
"Weavers for Africa" Conference, 26 Jan 2013 (2012-12-13)
Weaver Wednesday [26]: Chestnut Weaver (2012-12-12)
Southern Masked Weaver survey in Pretoria (2012-12-07)
You can throw rocks at bulldozers, or you can become a citizen scientist (2012-12-06)
Weaver Wednesday [25]: Grey-headed Social Weaver (2012-12-05)
PAPER: Southern Masked Weaver colony notes (2012-12-03)
Weaver Wednesday [24]: Spectacled Weaver (2012-11-28)
Weaver Wednesday [23]: Eastern Golden Weaver (2012-11-21)
Weaver Wednesday [22]: White-winged Widowbird (2012-11-14)
First PHOWN record for Vitelline Masked Weaver (2012-11-11)
First PHOWN record for Speckle-fronted Weaver (2012-11-10)
First PHOWN records from Gambia (2012-11-08)
Weaver Wednesday [21]: Nelicourvi Weaver (2012-11-07)
First PHOWN record for Red-crowned Malimbe (2012-11-03)
Record month for PHOWN (2012-11-02)
Weaver Wednesday [20]: Lesser Masked Weaver (2012-10-31)
Weaver Wednesday [19]: Red-collared Widowbird (2012-10-24)
PAPER: Sociable Weavers and paper wasps (2012-10-22)
Weaver Wednesday [18]: Kilombero Weaver (2012-10-17)
Weaver events at the PAOC (2012-10-12)
Weaver Wednesday [17]: Rüppell's Weaver (2012-10-10)
First PHOWN record for Orange Weaver (2012-10-05)
Weaver Wednesday [16]: Sociable Weaver (2012-10-03)
First PHOWN records from Lesotho (2012-09-29)
First PHOWN record for Cinnamon Weaver (2012-09-27)
Weaver Wednesday [15]: Rufous-tailed Weaver (2012-09-26)
Palm trees and weavers (2012-09-25)
Weaver Wednesday [14]: Bob-tailed Weaver (2012-09-19)
Weaver Wednesday [13]: White-headed Buffalo-Weaver (2012-09-12)
Weaver Wednesday [12]: Blue-billed Malimbe (2012-09-05)
Weavers on the web: useful resources (2012-08-30)
Weaver Wednesday [11]: Red-billed Quelea (2012-08-29)
Weaver Wednesday [10]: Southern Masked Weaver (2012-08-22)
Severe storm - to survive or not (2012-08-18)
PHOWN repeats of Namibian Masked Weaver colony (2012-08-16)
Weaver Wednesday [9]: Compact Weaver (2012-08-15)
Birdpix, the latest Virtual Museum project (2012-08-10)
Weaver Wednesday [8]: Thick-billed Weaver (2012-08-08)
First PHOWN record for Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver (2012-08-06)
Intaka photographers (2012-08-03)
Weaver Wednesday [7]: Scaly-feathered Finch (2012-08-01)
Weaver Wednesday [6]: Black-capped Social Weaver (2012-07-25)
Blog: Cape Weavers in Plett (2012-07-24)
Weaver Wednesday [5]: Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver (2012-07-18)
PAPER: Weaver nests as death traps (2012-07-16)
Eggs of Angolan weavers (2012-07-15)
Weaver Wednesday [4]: Seychelles Fody (2012-07-11)
PAPER: Nelicourvi Weaver breeding study (2012-07-09)
Weekly weaver series (2012-07-08)
Weaver Wednesday [3]: Yellow-crowned Bishop (2012-07-04)
Sociable Weaver range expansion (2012-07-03)
First PHOWN record from Sudan (2012-07-02)
Early nesting in weavers (2012-06-29)
Weaver Wednesday [2]: White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (2012-06-27)
First PHOWN record for Black-billed Weaver (2012-06-21)
Weaver Wednesday [1]: Red-headed Weaver (2012-06-20)
First PHOWN records from Nigeria (2012-06-19)
PAPER: Sex of Taveta Golden Weaver chicks (2012-06-18)
First PHOWN record for Red-collared Widow (2012-06-15)
First PHOWN record for Golden-backed Weaver (2012-06-11)
PHOWN workshops in Kenya, 27 May - 4 June 2012 (2012-06-05)
Largest flock of ringed juvenile Chestnut Weavers (2012-05-23)
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver and climate change (2012-05-21)
First PHOWN record for Bocage's Weaver (2012-05-16)
PHOWN workshops in Kenya (2012-05-15)
First PHOWN record for Rufous-tailed Weaver (2012-05-13)
First PHOWN record from Sierra Leone (2012-05-10)
Sociable Weaver associations (2012-05-08)
Off-setting your carbon footprint (2012-04-25)
PAPER: Red-headed Weaver colony revisited. (2012-04-24)
PiX magazine: "... offset your carbon footprint – let your pics count for conservation" (2012-04-19)
Sociable Weaver survey in Namibia (2012-04-18)
Sociable Weaver survey at Tswalu Kalahari (2012-04-13)
Bird ringing course, Zambia, 29 March - 6 April 2012 (2012-04-11)
First White-browed Sparrow-Weaver PHOWN records from Zambia (2012-04-07)
First PHOWN records of Loanga Weaver (2012-03-23)
Weavers from Plett to PE (2012-03-17)
PHOWN records for Kenya (2012-03-05)
Tracking PHOWN priorities (2012-02-28)
Ringing and PHOWNing in Hopefield (2012-02-26)
48th PHOWN species & first Kilombero Weaver PHOWN record (2012-02-23)
PHOWN in Tanzania (2012-02-21)
Launch of WRAP (Weaver Research in Africa Project) (2012-02-17)
Weaver ringing trip, Zululand, 6-12 February 2012 (2012-02-13)
First Tanganyika Masked Weaver PHOWN record (2012-02-06)
Sociable Weaver demography project (2012-02-01)
Launch of WRAP (Weaver Research in Africa Project) (2012-01-30)
First PHOWN record from Swaziland (2012-01-27)
Story of a Spectacled Weaver nest (2012-01-23)
Lesser Masked Weaver range in KwaZulu-Natal (2012-01-18)
Weaver demography on the Cape Peninsula (2012-01-16)
Save the date: 11 Feb 2012, ADU 20th anniversary, Pietermaritzburg (2012-01-13)
Red-billed Quelea midday roosts (2011-12-26)
Cape Weaver chick retrapped 2 years later (2011-12-12)
PHOWN along national roads on your holiday trip (2011-12-07)
Weaver research trip, Tswalu, 14-17 November 2011 (2011-11-21)
First PHOWN record for Golden Palm-Weaver Ploceus bojeri (2011-11-18)
PAPER: Breeding biology of the Loango Weaver (2011-11-11)
PHOWN priorities (2011-11-10)
ADU Digital Biodiversity Week - summer results (2011-11-07)
PHOWN in National Botanical Gardens (2011-10-31)
ADU Digital Biodiversity Week - summer (2011-10-27)
Taveta Golden Weaver (2011-10-17)
Arid Zone Ecology Forum, Nieuwoudtville (2011-10-10)
Ugandan PHOWN records (2011-09-15)
Black-headed (Yellow-backed) Weaver in Cape Town (2011-09-12)
PHOWN Photo of the week (2011-09-05)
PAPER: Largest Red-headed Weaver colony (2011-08-31)
The PHOWN network is expanding (2011-08-30)
Video PHOWN (2011-08-24)
The next PHOWN call: repeats! (2011-08-12)
PHOWN at 1000 (2011-08-05)
PHOWN firsts from Ghana (2011-08-02)
ADU Digital Biodiversity Week - PHOWN results (2011-08-01)
ADU Digital Biodiversity Week (2011-07-22)
Early nesting in weavers (2011-07-18)
Weaver breeding information (2011-07-04)
Weaver chick now 1 year 10 months 12 days old (2011-06-27)
Weaver birds may hold secret of ageing (2011-05-30)
The least known breeding factor in weavers (2011-05-09)
Most southerly Sociable Weaver colony (2011-05-03)
Ethiopia dials in to PHOWN (2011-04-12)
Sparrow-weavers at Barberspan (2011-03-03)
Exciting PHOWN records (2011-03-01)
Chestnut Weaver breeding records (2011-02-07)
PAPER: Sociable Weaver helpers (2011-02-01)
Second PHOWN newsletter (2011-01-31)
Weaver records on the Vaal Dam (2011-01-28)
Robben Island survey of weaver colonies (2010-10-29)
The 10/10/10 challenge: 357 weaver nests counted (2010-10-13)
Volunteer opportunity (2010-10-08)
The 10/10/10 challenge: action for climate change (2010-10-08)
PHOWN at the Stanford Bird Fair (2010-10-02)
A century of PHOWN records (2010-09-24)
Google Maps takes part in PHOWN ! (2010-08-25)
How large are weaver colonies? (2010-08-19)
PHOWN - the furthest north colony (2010-08-05)
Phone in to take part in PHOWN ! (2010-07-29)

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