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Speke's Weaver Ploceus spekei

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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 27760

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 168

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
4 - 94.4 - 480 (n=144)Usually colonial, in Somalia small colonies of 4-6 males; in Kenya large colonies of 22-205 nests (all in single tree)
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
man-made - 2
tree - 166

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
10803162040174221

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Apr-Sept in Ethiopia, May-Jun in Somalia, Feb-Jul and Oct-Dec (peak Mar-Apr) in Kenya and Feb-May in Tanzania

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
season
Apr-Sept in Ethiopia, May-Jun in Somalia, Feb-Jul and Oct-Dec (peak Mar-Apr) in Kenya and Feb-May in Tanzania
nsite
attached on upper suface to branch 2-7 m above ground, mostly in thorn tree, in Nairobi often near busy road or occupied building
nbuild
woven by male, lined by female
colsize
Usually colonial, in Somalia small colonies of 4-6 males; in Kenya large colonies of 22-205 nests (all in single tree)
clutch
1-4 eggs (average 2 in Kenya)
eggcolour
bright blue with darker cap at blunt end, rarely a few black spots
eggsize
average size of nine eggs 23.2 x 15.6 mm (Kenya)
incub
incubation by female only, period c. 11 days
chicks
chicks fed by both male and female, nestling period c. 16 days

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 27760

Vm 27655

Vm 27642

Vm 27416

Vm 27415

Vm 27288

Vm 26793

Vm 23386

Vm 22063

Vm 19504

Vm 19503

Vm 19495

Vm 19494

Vm 19493

Vm 19485

Vm 19408

Vm 19405

Vm 19248

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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716, 5,Ethiopia, Big rural town., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts, Abiye Dagne, tree
3082, 110,Kenya, Kijabe Hospital, Barry Zeph; Jihn Barry, tree
3223, 0,Kenya, Close to town about 3-4 kms, Sinclair, Ian, tree
4267, 0,Kenya, beside Ngong road just beyond roundabout opposite Nakumatt Junction, Jackson C, tree
5116, 0,Tanzania, Arusha National Park , Peterson, Daudi, tree
5590, 0,Kenya, Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Estate , Cronje Pieter, tree
5847, 4,Kenya, Hells gate National Park Olkaria gate on Olkaria route, Cronje Pieter, tree
5859, 162,Kenya, Hells gate national park Next to Tourism Information Centre Gorge road, Cronje Pieter, tree
5860, 57,Kenya, Hells gate national park, Gorge road, Cronje Pieter, tree
5861, 21,Kenya, Hells Gate National Park close to Maisai village, Cronje Pieter, tree
5862, 7,Kenya, Hells Gate National park Close to Olkarai I Power plant, Cronje Pieter, tree
7418, 200,Kenya, End of Red Cross Road off Popo Road , Cronje Pieter, tree
7422, 8,Kenya, End of Red Cross Road off Popo Road , Cronje Pieter, tree
7423, 140,Kenya, End of Red Cross Road off Popo Road , Cronje Pieter, tree
7664, 22,Kenya, Mombassa road off Poppa Road Nairobi Kenya, Cronje Pieter, tree
7665, 105,Kenya, Mombassa road off Kapiti Road Nairobi Kenya, Cronje Pieter, tree
11486, 250,Kenya, A 109 Mombassa Highway, Athi River, Cronje Pieter, tree
11487, 220,Kenya, A 109 Mombassa Highway, Athi River, Cronje Pieter, tree
11497, 250,Kenya, A 109 Mombassa Highway, Athi River, Cronje Pieter, tree
11511, 90,Kenya, Mombassa R104 Road Nairobi, Cronje Pieter, tree
11512, 100,Kenya, Mombassa R104 Road Nairobi, Cronje Pieter, tree
11522, 80,Kenya, Mombassa R104 Road Mololongo, Cronje Pieter, tree
11523, 0,Kenya, Mombassa R104 Road Mololongo, Cronje Pieter, tree
11524, 50,Kenya, Mombassa R104 Road Mololongo, Cronje Pieter, tree
11525, 50,Kenya, Mombassa R104 Road Mololongo, Cronje Pieter, tree
11538, 0,Kenya, Mbaghati way, Cronje Pieter, tree
11540, 200,Kenya, Ngong road, Cronje Pieter, tree
11545, 40,Kenya, Ngong road, Cronje Pieter, tree
11553, 0,Kenya, United Nations Avenue Nairobi, Cronje Pieter, tree
11554, 30,Kenya, United Nations Avenue Nairobi, Cronje Pieter, tree
11555, 30,Kenya, United Nations Avenue Nairobi, Cronje Pieter, tree
11557, 200,Kenya, Limuru road Nairobi near City Park Drive, Cronje Pieter, tree
12436, 0,Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kamau, George, tree
14096, 130,Kenya, Southern bypass next to Nairobi National Park, Cronje Pieter, tree
14097, 150,Kenya, Southern bypass next to Nairobi National Park, Cronje Pieter, tree
14104, 12,Kenya, Akila street, Cronje Pieter, tree
14115, 140,Kenya, End of Red Cross Road off Popo Road , Cronje Pieter, tree
14121, 151,Kenya, End of Red Cross Road off Popo Road , Cronje Pieter, tree
14178, 0,Kenya, Nairobi South, Mombasa road , Cronje Pieter, tree
14181, 200,Kenya, Nairobi South, Mombasa road , Cronje Pieter, tree
14184, 7,Kenya, Nairobi South, Mombasa road , Cronje Pieter, tree
14188, 7,Kenya, Nairobi South, Mombasa road Ole Serini Hotel, Cronje Pieter, tree
14189, 250,Kenya, Nairobi South, Mombasa road Ole Serini Hotel, Cronje Pieter, tree
14191, 330,Kenya, Nairobi South, Mombasa road Ole Serini Hotel, Cronje Pieter, tree
14192, 160,Kenya, Nairobi South, Mombasa road Ole Serini Hotel, Cronje Pieter, tree
14346, 32,Kenya, Mombasa road, Cronje Pieter, tree
14349, 15,Kenya, Muhoho ave, Cronje Pieter, tree
14364, 0,Kenya, Enterprise road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15288, 21,Kenya, Nairobi Airport Parking, Cronje Pieter, tree
15296, 14,Kenya, road behind Quaribu Hotel next to Wayaki Way, Cronje Pieter, tree
15302, 23,Kenya, Wayaki Way in Loresho, Cronje Pieter, tree
15358, 21,Kenya, Kenya National Agricultural Institute, Loresho , Cronje Pieter, tree
15360, 30,Kenya, Kenya National Agricultural Institute, Loresho , Cronje Pieter, tree
15364, 35,Kenya, Kenya National Agricultural Institute, Loresho , Cronje Pieter, tree
15381, 100,Kenya, A2 Thika road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15456, 80,Kenya, A2 Thika Highway, Cronje Pieter, tree
15462, 90,Kenya, A2 Thika Highway, Cronje Pieter, tree
15465, 90,Kenya, A2 Thika Highway, Cronje Pieter, tree
15473, 70,Kenya, A2 Thika Highway, Cronje Pieter, tree
15550, 120,Kenya, Rongai Main Gate, Cronje Pieter, man-made
15552, 80,Kenya, Rongai Main Gate, Cronje Pieter, tree
15554, 8,Kenya, Rongai Main Gate, Cronje Pieter, tree
15557, 0,Kenya, Rongai Main Gate, Cronje Pieter, man-made
15605, 17,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15606, 110,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15610, 170,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15611, 220,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15612, 40,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15618, 70,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15620, 30,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15622, 60,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15624, 10,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15625, 200,Kenya, A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15642, 6,Kenya, B5 Nyeri-Nayhururu road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15647, 40,Kenya, B5 Nyeri-Nyahururu road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15648, 250,Kenya, B5 Nyeri-Nyahururu road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15649, 150,Kenya, B5 Nyeri-Nyahururu road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15650, 140,Kenya, B5 Nyeri-Nyahururu road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15655, 30,Kenya, B5 Nyeri-Nyahururu road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15656, 50,Kenya, B5 Nyeri-Nyahururu road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15666, 12,Kenya, Moi S Lake road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15674, 50,Kenya, Naro Moru Moweiga road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15681, 45,Kenya, A2 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15682, 100,Kenya, Nyeri-Nyanuki road A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15685, 45,Kenya, Nyeri-Nyanuki road A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15686, 300,Kenya, Nyeri-Nyanuki road A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15687, 160,Kenya, Nyeri-Nyanuki road A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15688, 130,Kenya, Nyeri-Nyanuki road A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15689, 35,Kenya, Nyeri-Nyanuki road A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15691, 0,Kenya, Nyeri-Nyanuki road A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
15692, 15,Kenya, Road from Abedare Country club to main road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15693, 90,Kenya, B5 Main road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15694, 30,Kenya, B5 Main road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15696, 80,Kenya, Unknown road , Cronje Pieter, tree
15697, 0,Kenya, Unknown road , Cronje Pieter, tree
15700, 350,Kenya, Unknown road , Cronje Pieter, tree
15704, 45,Kenya, A2 Nyeri-Nanyuki road , Cronje Pieter, tree
15706, 25,Kenya, A2 Nyeri-Nanyuki road , Cronje Pieter, tree
15707, 70,Kenya, A2 Nyeri-Nanyuki road , Cronje Pieter, tree
15711, 15,Kenya, A3 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15714, 30,Kenya, A3 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15715, 100,Kenya, A3 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15716, 220,Kenya, A3 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15717, 50,Kenya, A3 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15718, 300,Kenya, A3 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15719, 70,Kenya, A3 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15720, 120,Kenya, A3 Nyeri-Nanyuki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15725, 80,Kenya, C77, Cronje Pieter, tree
15726, 190,Kenya, C77, Cronje Pieter, tree
15728, 20,Kenya, C77, Cronje Pieter, tree
15729, 480,Kenya, C77, Cronje Pieter, tree
15730, 380,Kenya, C77, Cronje Pieter, tree
15908, 115,Kenya, C22, Cronje Pieter, tree
15909, 260,Kenya, C22, Cronje Pieter, tree
15937, 180,Kenya, A104 Kagio toll , Cronje Pieter, tree
15938, 170,Kenya, A104, Cronje Pieter, tree
15939, 170,Kenya, R104, Cronje Pieter, tree
15940, 230,Kenya, R104 Toll, Cronje Pieter, tree
15941, 160,Kenya, R104 Toll, Cronje Pieter, tree
15950, 50,Kenya, R104, Cronje Pieter, tree
15951, 0,Kenya, C88, Cronje Pieter, tree
15952, 40,Kenya, C88, Cronje Pieter, tree
15956, 0,Kenya, unnamed road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15958, 50,Kenya, B5 Nyeri-Nyahururu road, Cronje Pieter, tree
15962, 150,Kenya, unmarked road, Abedare, Cronje Pieter, tree
15963, 20,Kenya, B5 near Tafaria Hotel, Cronje Pieter, tree
15964, 100,Kenya, unnamed road Abedare, Cronje Pieter, tree
15965, 110,Kenya, unnamed road Abedare, Cronje Pieter, tree
16448, 0,Tanzania, Lerai Forest, Ngorongoro Crater, Cordeiro N, tree
16449, 0,Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater, just outside Lerai Forest , Cordeiro N, tree
16450, 0,Tanzania, outside Karatu (south, on coffee farm) , Cordeiro N, tree
17650, 120,Kenya, Kasarani near Sportsview hotel, Cronje Pieter, tree
17654, 60,Kenya, Kasarani near Sportsview hotel, Cronje Pieter, tree
17656, 90,Kenya, Kasarani Mwiki rd, Cronje Pieter, tree
17668, 0,Kenya, Kaserani, Icipi rd , Cronje Pieter, tree
17669, 12,Kenya, Kaserani, Icipi rd , Cronje Pieter, tree
17691, 150,Kenya, Kaserani, Next to A2, Cronje Pieter, tree
17848, 40,Kenya, Moi International Sport Center, , Cronje Pieter, tree
17854, 0,Kenya, Kaserani, Icipi rd , Cronje Pieter, tree
17860, 13,Kenya, Moi National Sport Centre, Kaserani, Cronje Pieter, tree
17861, 11,Kenya, Moi National Sport Centre, Kaserani, Cronje Pieter, tree
17862, 4,Kenya, Moi National Sport Centre, Kaserani, Cronje Pieter, tree
17863, 15,Kenya, Moi National Sport Centre, Kaserani, Cronje Pieter, tree
17894, 11,Kenya, Moi International Sport Center, Kaserani , Cronje Pieter, tree
17896, 12,Kenya, Moi International Sport Center, Kaserani , Cronje Pieter, tree
18067, 60,Kenya, Kaserani Mwiki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
18069, 25,Kenya, Kaserani Mwiki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
18071, 50,Kenya, Kaserani Mwiki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
18076, 170,Kenya, Kaserani Mwiki road, Cronje Pieter, tree
19131, 115,Kenya, Limuru rd, Cronje Pieter, tree
19248, 9,Kenya, Hells gate National reserve, Cronje Pieter, tree
19405, 12,Kenya, A104 Naivasha-Nairobi rd, Cronje Pieter, tree
19408, 20,Kenya, A104 Naivasha-Nairobi rd, Cronje Pieter, tree
19485, 15,Kenya, Ngong rd, Cronje Pieter, tree
19493, 150,Kenya, Southern Bypass, Cronje Pieter, tree
19494, 100,Kenya, Southern Bypass, Cronje Pieter, tree
19495, 100,Kenya, Southern Bypass, Cronje Pieter, tree
19503, 45,Kenya, Southern bypass, Cronje Pieter, tree
19504, 14,Kenya, Southern bypass, Cronje Pieter, tree
22063, 0,Kenya, Masai Mara the plains around Rhino ridge, de Beer Len ; Sonja de Beer, tree
23386, 81,Kenya, Lukenya Motorcross bar, Cronje Pieter, tree
26793, 120,Kenya, Industrial area near Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Cronje Pieter, tree
27288, 4,Kenya, Olerai Conservancy, Shema Sidney, tree
27415, 0,Kenya, UN Headoffice Gigiri, Cronje Pieter, tree
27416, 0,Kenya, Limuru road , Cronje Pieter, tree
27642, 70,Kenya, Northern Bypass Road, Cronje Pieter, tree
27655, 0,Kenya, UN Recreation Centre, Cronje Pieter, tree
27760, 60,Kenya, United Nations Avenue Gigiri, Cronje Pieter, tree

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday [179] - Discovery [62]: Speke's Weaver (2015-11-18)
Weaver Wednesday [44]: Speke's Weaver (2013-04-17)