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Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops

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PHOWN priorities: none yet

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

Vm 28585

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 5

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
1 - 1.0 - 1 (n=3)Colonial, with 5-6 nests in one tree
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
reed - 1
tree - 3

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
all months, with peak egg-laying Mar-May and Sept, in Uganda; in Feb-May and Jul in DRCongo

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.

Apparently monogamous
all months, with peak egg-laying Mar-May and Sept, in Uganda; in Feb-May and Jul in DRCongo
placed in tall elephant grass or low shrub, or in swamps, in reeds, papyrus, bulrushes (Typha) or ambatch
built by male
Colonial, with 5-6 nests in one tree
2-3 eggs
either pinkish or pale blue, immaculate or spotted with red-brown
average size 22.5 x 14.5 mm (Uganda)
no information
chicks fed by both male and female

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records

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Vm 28585

Vm 26603

Vm 26362

Vm 24770

Vm 732

List of all PHOWN records for this species

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732, 1,Uganda, Mabamba Swamp, Perrins N, tree
24770, 1,Tanzania, Northern tip of Rubondo Islands NP, Oliver, Paul, tree
26362, 0,Uganda, Mabamba swamp, Oschadleus HD, reed
26603, 1,Kenya, Takawiri Island in Lake Victoria, McReynolds Mark, tree
28585, 0,Uganda, Mabamba Swamp, Booysen M.,

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

The 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 [203] - Discovery [86]: Northern Brown-throated Weaver (2016-05-04)
Weaver Wednesday [74]: Northern Brown-throated Weaver (2013-11-13)