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Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus

(species text)

PHOWN priorities: none yet

Most recent PHOWN record for this species (recent thumbnails and full species listing at end of this web page):

Vm 13818

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 25

Colony size

Colony size for this species in PHOWN (min - mean - max, sample size) and published data:
PHOWN Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
3 - 24.8 - 75 (n=5)Colonial, similar number of nests (maximum three) per territory in colonies of different densities, but mean distance between nests variable, 27-52 cm
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
other - 4
reed - 1
tree - 20

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Jan in Gambia, Feb in Guinea, Feb-Apr and Aug-Nov in Liberia, Jan-Jul in Ghana, Feb and Sept-Oct in Togo, May-Aug in Nigeria, in all months except Aug in Cameroon, Dec-Feb, Apr and Jul in Gabon, Jul-Aug in Central African Republic, Nov-Feb and Sept in PRCongo; in DRCongo, Nov in S, Apr and Aug-Sept in savanna, Jul-Feb in Lukolela, and probably all year (confirmed in Feb, Jul-Aug and Nov) in ltombwe; Aug and Nov in Sudan, throughout year (peaks Feb-May and Sept-Oct) in Uganda, Jul-Sept in Kenya and Oct-Mar in Angola

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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Breeding distribution

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Published breeding information

Breeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.

bond
Polygynous, with up to five females in one male territory
season
Jan in Gambia, Feb in Guinea, Feb-Apr and Aug-Nov in Liberia, Jan-Jul in Ghana, Feb and Sept-Oct in Togo, May-Aug in Nigeria, in all months except Aug in Cameroon, Dec-Feb, Apr and Jul in Gabon, Jul-Aug in Central African Republic, Nov-Feb and Sept in PRCongo; in DRCongo, Nov in S, Apr and Aug-Sept in savanna, Jul-Feb in Lukolela, and probably all year (confirmed in Feb, Jul-Aug and Nov) in ltombwe; Aug and Nov in Sudan, throughout year (peaks Feb-May and Sept-Oct) in Uganda, Jul-Sept in Kenya and Oct-Mar in Angola
nsite
placed in bulrushes (Typha), tall elephant grass, palm, bamboo or tree, 1-2 m above water or, when in tree, 6-8 m above ground
nbuild
woven by male
colsize
Colonial, similar number of nests (maximum three) per territory in colonies of different densities, but mean distance between nests variable, 27-52 cm
clutch
2 eggs
eggcolour
pale blue, rarely with a few purple spots at thick end
eggsize
average size of 40 eggs 23.9 x 16.1 mm (Cameroon)
incub
incubation by female only, no information on duration of incubation period
chicks
chicks fed primarily by female, male may contribute late in season as breeding activity declines; no information on duration of nestling period
wwed2
coming in early 2015

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 13818

Vm 13817

Vm 13816

Vm 13814

Vm 12433

Vm 12432

Vm 7399

Vm 7284

Vm 7281

Vm 7279

Vm 4209

Vm 3704

Vm 3694

Vm 3124

Vm 2488

Vm 2487

Vm 2449

Vm 2448

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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25, Rwanda, Bridge over small lake/dam, Claassen, Marcell
731, Uganda, Semuliki Forest, Perrins N
871, Uganda, swamp west of Masindi, Uganda, 1 deg 38\' 46.42\" N, 31 deg 34\' 22.97\" E, Bishop, David
982, Ghana, Rural, subsistence farming, along a dirt road east of the town, nests in a wetland., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
2018, Gabon, near Port-Gentil, Passavy G
2447, Tanzania, Mahale Mountains National Park , Oliver, Paul
2448, Tanzania, Mahale Mountains National Park , Oliver, Paul
2449, Tanzania, Mahale Mountains National Park , Oliver, Paul
2487, Rwanda, Near Rwinkwavu., Anderson Jason
2488, Uganda, Near Kibale NP, Anderson Jason
3124, Ghana, Hans Cottage Botel, Brown M
3694, Sierra Leone, IMATT Compound Regent Freetown Sierra Leone, Cronje Pieter
3704, Sierra Leone, Man of War Bay, Aberdeen, Cronje Pieter
4209, Tanzania, Rubondo Island National Park, Tanapa Bandas, Oliver, Paul
7279, Cameroon, YAOUNDe - Hotel Mont Febe (Car park), Monnoyeur Gilles
7281, Cameroon, Ongot village near Yaounde (south west)., Monnoyeur Gilles
7284, Cameroon, Lake OSSA, Monnoyeur Gilles
7399, Ghana, Half Assini junction where Mpataba - Half Assini road meets Agona - Elubo Road, Jamie GA
12432, Tanzania, Rubondo Island, Pink Beach, Oliver, Paul
12433, Tanzania, Rubondo Island, Fishing site opposite 'bird island', Oliver, Paul
13814, Ghana, Kakum National Park , Leventis, T
13816, Gabon, Nyonie , Leventis, T
13817, Nigeria, Okomu , Leventis, T
13818, Nigeria, Okomu, Edo St. , Leventis, T
100361, Angola, Carmona [=Uige], J. Carlos

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday [27]: Vieillot's Black Weaver (2012-12-19)
PHOWN firsts from Ghana (2011-08-02)