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Slender-billed Weaver Ploceus pelzelni(species text)
PHOWN priorities: none yet
No of records in PHOWN for this species: 13
Colony sizeColony size for this species in PHOWN (min - mean - max, sample size) and published data:
|PHOWN||Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15|
|1 - 8.3 - 30 (n=4)||Colonial nester, usually fewer than 20 nests in colony, rarely up to 50; also single nests c. 12 m apart|
Nest siteType of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
|other - 1|
reed - 2
tree - 10
PHOWN Records per month for this species
|Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15||Jul-Aug in Ghana, Jun-Sept in Togo, May-Oct in Nigeria, Jan-Feb, Apr-Jun and Aug-Nov in Cameroon, May in Gabon; in DRCongo, Aug-Sept in NE, Jun-Jul in C region, Nov-Jan in S, possibly in both rainy seasons in Upemba, Oct-Nov and again Jan-Mar, while urban colony at Kisangani nesting all year, with Sept peak; Mar-Oct (mainly Apr-May in Uganda, Mar-Apr in Angola and Feb in Zambia|
Figure above right: breeding seasonality shown as records per month (if available), where months are numbered from January where January=1 etc.
The records are grouped into 6 regions: Safr=southern Africa, Cafr=central Africa, Wafr=western Africa, Eafr=eastern Africa, Asia=southern Asia, IO=Indian Ocean islands
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Published breeding informationBreeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.
Monogamous, but unclear if long-term pair-bond
Jul-Aug in Ghana, Jun-Sept in Togo, May-Oct in Nigeria, Jan-Feb, Apr-Jun and Aug-Nov in Cameroon, May in Gabon; in DRCongo, Aug-Sept in NE, Jun-Jul in C region, Nov-Jan in S, possibly in both rainy seasons in Upemba, Oct-Nov and again Jan-Mar, while urban colony at Kisangani nesting all year, with Sept peak; Mar-Oct (mainly Apr-May in Uganda, Mar-Apr in Angola and Feb in Zambia
sited 1.5-9 m (usually c. 3 m) above groud or over water and attached to papyrus heads, palm frond or pendulous thorny branch
built by male, female sometimes assisting
Colonial nester, usually fewer than 20 nests in colony, rarely up to 50; also single nests c. 12 m apart
pure white, sometimes pinkish, rarely with fine dark spots
average size 17.5 x 13.5 mm (locality not stated)
incubation either by female alone or by both sexes, period c. 15 days
chicks fed by both male md female, no information on duration of nestling period
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853, Uganda, shores of L. Victoria at a small fishing-boat haul-out between Entebbe and Mabamba swamp - 0 deg. 05\\\\\\\' 28.01\\\\\\\" N, 32 deg 22\\\\\\\' 28.71\\\\\\\" E Elev., Bishop, David
2019, Gabon, near Port-Gentil, Passavy G
2020, Gabon, near Port-Gentil, Passavy G
2021, Gabon, near Port-Gentil, Passavy G
2022, Gabon, near Port-Gentil, Passavy G
2485, Rwanda, Near Rwinkwavu., Anderson Jason
4210, Tanzania, Rubondo Island National Park, Tanapa Bandas, Oliver, Paul
4211, Tanzania, Rubondo Island National Park, camp staff area , Oliver, Paul
7283, Cameroon, Mile 6 Beach : a swamp , Monnoyeur Gilles
7285, Cameroon, West of Idenau some bridges in pall-nut tree planatation., Monnoyeur Gilles
9109, D R Congo, reeds along the Luvua river, north corner of lake Mweru, de Cauwer, Richard
17613, Rwanda, Incidental Road towards Lake Gaharwa, Krochuk Billi
18157, Uganda, Ntungwe River & surrounding farmlands, Krochuk Billi
All PHOWN news items relating to this speciesThe headers below refer to Weaver News items featuring PHOWN and this species. 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 : Slender-billed Weaver (2013-03-27)