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Ruppell's Weaver Ploceus galbula

(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 27671

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 9

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 - 3.2 - 7 (n=6)sometimes single male with up to three females and eight nests. Often colonial nester
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
tree - 9

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
004110210000

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Sudan, season May-Aug in Gedaref area, Mar-May elsewhere; breeds in all months except Jun-Aug in Eritrea, all months except Mar-Apr in Ethiopia; Feb-Mar, May-Jun and Nov in Somalia; in Yemen mainly Mar-Aug, but in any month when rain falls (one observer noted breeding in Feb, Apr, Jun-Jul, Oct and Dec); Dec-Mar in Saudi Arabia and Mar-Sept in Oman

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, sometimes single male with up to three females and eight nests
season
Sudan, season May-Aug in Gedaref area, Mar-May elsewhere; breeds in all months except Jun-Aug in Eritrea, all months except Mar-Apr in Ethiopia; Feb-Mar, May-Jun and Nov in Somalia; in Yemen mainly Mar-Aug, but in any month when rain falls (one observer noted breeding in Feb, Apr, Jun-Jul, Oct and Dec); Dec-Mar in Saudi Arabia and Mar-Sept in Oman
nsite
supended 2-6 m above ground, where possible over water, from end of branch in tree, bush or mature durra Sorghum bicolor) stalks, sometimes eucalypt (Eucalytus), date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) or tamarind trees (Tamarindus), in Arabia also Ziziphus spina
nbuild
woven by male
colsize
sometimes single male with up to three females and eight nests. Often colonial nester
clutch
2-3 eggs
eggcolour
white or deep blue, usually heavily spotted with brick-red, sometimes only finely speckled
eggsize
average size of 17 eggs 20 x 13.8 mm (Somalia)
incub
incubation by female, period 14-15 days
chicks
chicks brooded by female, initially food brought by male, which feeds chicks by regurgitation, after day 4 both sexes feed, nestling period c. 18 days

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 27671

Vm 26602

Vm 26601

Vm 5639

Vm 2484

Vm 710

Vm 701

Vm 697

Vm 696

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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696, Ethiopia, along a dirt road crossing Melka Jebdhu River below the town of Ankober, Van Vuuren A; S Swarts, Abiye Dagne
697, Ethiopia, along a dirt road crossing Melka Jebdhu River below the town of Ankober, Van Vuuren A; S Swarts, Abiye Dagne
701, Ethiopia, dirt road from Debre Birhan, through Ankober & Melka Jhebdu to Awash NP, Van Vuuren A; S Swarts, Abiye Dagne
710, Ethiopia, Sabana Resort on shores of Lake Langano., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts, Abiye Dagne
2484, Eritrea, Near Adi Quala, Anderson Jason
5639, Kuwait , Green Island city Park, Dettori Massimiliano
26601, Ethiopia, Hora Lake - along shore, McReynolds Mark; Elias Bayou - Ethiopian bird guide (professional)
26602, Ethiopia, Lake Chelekleka - near major road, McReynolds Mark; Elias Bayou - Ethiopian bird guide (professional)
27671, Eritrea, Area close to Asmara Palace hotel, Cronje Pieter

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday [160] - Discovery [43]: Rüppell's Weaver (2015-07-08)
Weaver Wednesday [17]: Rüppell's Weaver (2012-10-10)