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Dark-backed Weaver Ploceus bicolor

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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 28556

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 94

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 - 1.1 - 3 (n=72)Solitary nester; pair usually in same area each year, so that two or three nests may be found close together
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
man-made - 1
other - 1
tree - 91

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
545408451691519

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Nov-Dec on Bioko, Dec-Jan in Cameroon; in DRCongo, Feb-May and Sept-Dec in S and Jan-Feb in Itombwe; Aug-Sept in Somalia; Apr and Aug in Kenya (but Mar-May and Jul-Aug at Kakamega Forest); Dec-Jan in Tanzania; Aug, Oct-Nov and Feb in Angola, Sept-Dec in Zambia, Oct-Mar in Malawi, Sept-Feb in Zimbabwe, Sept-Dec in Mozambique, and Oct-Jan in South Africa

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
Monogamous, pair-bond lasting for several years
season
Nov-Dec on Bioko, Dec-Jan in Cameroon; in DRCongo, Feb-May and Sept-Dec in S and Jan-Feb in Itombwe; Aug-Sept in Somalia; Apr and Aug in Kenya (but Mar-May and Jul-Aug at Kakamega Forest); Dec-Jan in Tanzania; Aug, Oct-Nov and Feb in Angola, Sept-Dec in Zambia, Oct-Mar in Malawi, Sept-Feb in Zimbabwe, Sept-Dec in Mozambique, and Oct-Jan in South Africa
nsite
supended 2.5-15 m (most often 4.5-6 m) above ground from tip of branch or creeper, often in thorny tree, on Zanzibar also suspended from telephone line
nbuild
Both partners may build nest, usually one member of pair, presumed to be male, does most building while partner perches nearby
colsize
Solitary nester; pair usually in same area each year, so that two or three nests may be found close together
clutch
2-4 eggs (average 3 in South Africa)
eggcolour
pure white, pale blue, pink or greenish-white, sparsely spotted with brown, red and lilac
eggsize
average size of 54 eggs 22.7 x 15.4 mm (South Africa)
incub
in captivity, incubation by both sexes, estimated period 15-17 days
chicks
chicks fed by both male and female, nestling period 22 days; fledglings fed occasionally until 6 weeks old

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 28556

Vm 28063

Vm 27312

Vm 27275

Vm 26889

Vm 26527

Vm 26490

Vm 26464

Vm 26242

Vm 26241

Vm 25861

Vm 24437

Vm 23370

Vm 21196

Vm 21195

Vm 20280

Vm 19719

Vm 19238

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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4, South Africa, Southport, Valley Rd, betw plots 771/768, Oschadleus HD
5, South Africa, Southport, Valley Rd, betw plots 771/768, Oschadleus HD
6, South Africa, Southport, Valley Rd, betw plots 771/768, Oschadleus HD
351, South Africa, Twinstreams, beach path, Oschadleus HD
863, South Africa, Amangwe forest, 2836.356S 3207.018E, Oschadleus HD
1121, South Africa, Nature Reserve, Wilson C.
1908, South Africa, Amangwe forest 2836.356S 3207.018E, Oschadleus HD
1935, South Africa, Umdoni Park Forest, Brown M
2009, South Africa, Holbeck section, Mbona Private Nature Reserve, New Hanover district, Nuttall R.J
2010, South Africa, Holbeck section, Mbona Private Nature Reserve, New Hanover district, Nuttall R.J
2011, South Africa, Holbeck section, Mbona Private Nature Reserve, New Hanover district, Nuttall R.J
2419, Kenya, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, Oschadleus HD; Jonathan Baya
2420, Kenya, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, my col 22, Oschadleus HD; Jonathan Baya
2421, Kenya, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, my col 23, Oschadleus HD; Jonathan Baya
2422, Kenya, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, my col 24, Oschadleus HD; Jonathan Baya
2807, Mozambique, Lebombo Ironwood forest , Marais E
2811, South Africa, domestic garden in coastal forest, Zaloumis, Alex
2815, South Africa, isimangoliso , Zaloumis, Alex
2820, South Africa, parking lot , Zaloumis, Alex
2821, South Africa, near cape vidal shop. , Zaloumis, Alex
2822, South Africa, road approaching cape vidal , Zaloumis, Alex
2823, South Africa, dune drive, Zaloumis, Alex
2824, South Africa, mfazana hide pathway , Zaloumis, Alex
2849, Kenya, on edge of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest - near start of Gede forest station nature trail, Jackson C
2850, South Africa, St Lucia area , Zaloumis, Alex
3119, Zimbabwe, Vumba; Seldomseen, Hart Nick
4148, South Africa, Nsumo Pan Mkhuzi GR, Strachan Trish
4167, South Africa, isimangoliso , Zaloumis, Alex
4168, South Africa, near cape vidal shop , Zaloumis, Alex
4169, South Africa, over the road to mission rocks, Zaloumis, Alex
4170, South Africa, Cape vidal road on bend , Zaloumis, Alex
4171, South Africa, grassland loop road before lagoon , Zaloumis, Alex
4172, South Africa, dune drive, Zaloumis, Alex
4173, South Africa, View point, Zaloumis, Alex
4174, South Africa, viewpoint parking Mission rocks , Zaloumis, Alex
4175, South Africa, next to staff compound near Mission Rocks admin , Zaloumis, Alex
4178, South Africa, isimangoliso, Zaloumis, Alex
4298, South Africa, viewpoint parking Mission rocks, Zaloumis, Alex
4299, South Africa, andrews garden, mission rocks, Zaloumis, Alex
5243, South Africa, Umhlanga Sands, GRIESEL R
5320, Mozambique, Caravan Park near Praia de Sol, Cronje Pieter
5321, Mozambique, Praia de Sol, Cronje Pieter
7393, Zambia, Kasanka NP; Pontoon Camp, Hart N
8077, South Africa, andrews garden, mission rocks, Zaloumis, Alex
9110, Congo, along the banks of Kafubu river, de Cauwer, Richard
11885, South Africa, Nibela lodge (Sobhengu), de Beer Len
11905, South Africa, Umhlanga Lagoon, Oschadleus HD
11924, South Africa, Vernon Crookes NR main Rd , Oschadleus HD
11956, South Africa, Landela farm, Oschadleus HD
11957, South Africa, Landela farm, Oschadleus HD
11958, South Africa, Landela farm, Oschadleus HD
11959, South Africa, Landela farm, Oschadleus HD
12894, South Africa, Cape Vidal Nature Reserve, Zaloumis, Alex
12895, South Africa, Cape Vidal Nature Reserve, Zaloumis, Alex
13805, Nigeria, Obudu Plateau , Leventis, T
13837, Mozambique, Vamizi island, Palmer, Rob
13839, Mozambique, Vamizi island, Palmer, Rob
13885, Congo (DRC), kashobwe, de Cauwer R
13935, South Africa, Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve, Robinson D.M
13939, South Africa, Oribi Gorge, Booysen M.
14144, South Africa, Belvedere Farm, False Bay District, Hluhluwe, Tippett Ryan Matthew
14694, South Africa, Nibela Peninsular, Robinson D.M
14706, Mozambique, Inhaca Island at Lighthouse, Oschadleus HD
15131, South Africa, Near hide on the way to Cape Vidal, Robinson D.M
15769, Malawi, Lake shore cottage and large garden, Brown Gary
15778, South Africa, Cintsa West, Craig, Adrian
15779, South Africa , Kabusi Valley, Craig, Adrian
16226, South Africa, Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, McCutcheon Ian
18158, Uganda, Semuliki (Semliki) NP, Kirumya Trail, Krochuk Billi
18503, South Africa, Kuleni Game Park, Tippett Ryan Matthew
18516, South Africa, False Bay park, western shores of lake st lucia, Richard Gill
18745, South Africa, Isimangaliso Wetland Park-False Bay Park, Josop Quinton Paul
18793, South Africa, Viewing site on way to Mission Rocks, Robinson DM
18822, South Africa, Ntibane Game Ranch, Robinson DM
18863, South Africa, Tembe Elephant Park, Todd John; Anne Todd
19238, Kenya, Shimba Hills National Reserve, Cronje Pieter
19719, South Africa, Mkuze game reserve, de Beer Len ; Zet de Beer, Jemma de Beer
20280, Mozambique, VIDA project, guest house, Tokura W
21195, South Africa, iGwalagwala Hiking Trail, Krochuk Billi
21196, South Africa, Amatikulu Nature Reserve -- Tented Camp area, Krochuk Billi
23370, South Africa, Hluhluwe River Lodge, Tippett Ryan Matthew
24437, South Africa, False Bay, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Tippett Ryan Matthew
25861, South Africa, Dwesa Game Reserve, van der Breggen R
26241, Kenya, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, Oschadleus HD; Doug Harebottle
26242, Kenya, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, Oschadleus HD; Doug Harebottle
26464, South Africa, Umdoni Nature, Gracie Ian
26490, Mozambique, Gala gala Eco estate, de Beer Len ; Jemma de Beer
26527, Malawi, Tea Estate, Brown Gary; Dermot Allen, Heather Allen, Fiona Brown
26889, South Africa, Ndumo Game Reserve, Gracie Ian; Janet Gracie
27275, South Africa, False Bay National Park, Gill Richard
27312, South Africa, Shokwe pan oxbow lake, de Beer Len ; Jemma de Beer, Sonja de Beer, Daniel de Beer
28063, South Africa, Belvedere Game Ranch, Johnstone R
28556, Zambia, Nsobe, Meyer Chris (CJ)
100260, Angola, R. Maumbi, D. Mumputo

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 3 [242] - Range changes [5]: Dark-backed Weaver (2017-02-01)
Weaver Wednesday [144] - Discovery [27]: Dark-backed Weaver (2015-03-18)
Weaver Wednesday [35]: Dark-backed Weaver (2013-02-13)