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Eastern Golden Weaver Ploceus subaureus

(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 24950

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 181

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 - 24.9 - 320 (n=102)no information
Compare colony sizes of different weaver species with this species here.

Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
other - 2
reed - 148
tree - 31

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
11154202458213277

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
map
Eastern Golden Weaver, Range-change map between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-current).
Red, orange and yellow = cells with very large, large, and small relative decreases
Blue, dark green and light green = cells with very large, large and small relative increases.
Cells = quarter-degree grid cells; Only cells with at least 4 checklists in both SABAP1&2 shown. All cells had this species recorded in SABAP1 or in SABAP2 or in both (more about interpretation at Biodiversity Observations 7.62: 1-13).

Eastern Golden Weaver
Eastern Golden Weaver,
figure from Birdpix

Range changes in SA

Range change summary
More 4 lists 30 lists
increases n % n %
Decrease 31 22 21 19
Tiny change 30 21 23 21
Increase 83 57 63 59
Total 144 100 107 100
In South Africa the Eastern Golden Weaver has many more grid cells with increases in reporting rate than cells showing decreases, between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-).

The points below match the points on the map above.

Areas with very large increases include:
1. The lowveld of Swaziland, with a recent range expansion north into Mpumalanga.
2. The KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Areas with mixed changes:
3. KwaZulu-Natal coast - most grids show small changes (either increases or decreases), but some grids show large changes.

Areas with very large decreases:
4. Eastern Cape, on the interior edge of its range.

Range changes elsewhere

Tanzania: range extension to Tarangire NP (Demey 2007c).

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
Read more about these figures here.

Breeding distribution

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Published breeding information

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

bond
Probably polygynous
wwed3
map
Eastern Golden Weaver, Range-change map between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-current).
Red, orange and yellow = cells with very large, large, and small relative decreases
Blue, dark green and light green = cells with very large, large and small relative increases.
Cells = quarter-degree grid cells; Only cells with at least 4 checklists in both SABAP1&2 shown. All cells had this species recorded in SABAP1 or in SABAP2 or in both (more about interpretation at Biodiversity Observations 7.62: 1-13).

Eastern Golden Weaver
Eastern Golden Weaver,
figure from Birdpix

Range changes in SA

Range change summary
More 4 lists 30 lists
increases n % n %
Decrease 31 22 21 19
Tiny change 30 21 23 21
Increase 83 57 63 59
Total 144 100 107 100
In South Africa the Eastern Golden Weaver has many more grid cells with increases in reporting rate than cells showing decreases, between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-).

The points below match the points on the map above.

Areas with very large increases include:
1. The lowveld of Swaziland, with a recent range expansion north into Mpumalanga.
2. The KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Areas with mixed changes:
3. KwaZulu-Natal coast - most grids show small changes (either increases or decreases), but some grids show large changes.

Areas with very large decreases:
4. Eastern Cape, on the interior edge of its range.

Range changes elsewhere

Tanzania: range extension to Tarangire NP (Demey 2007c).

season
Oct-Feb in Malawi; in Mozmbique, Apr in C region and Sept-Feb in S; Sept-Feb in South Africa
nsite
1-2 m above ground or water and often attached to a single reed stem on one side, sometimes supported by a reed on each side, or suspended from low bush, but on Zanzibar nests up to 9 m above ground in tall tamarind or coconut palm (Cocos nucifera)
nbuild
no information
colsize
Colonial; in reedbeds seldom more than 50 nests together, but 150 nests in tamarind tree (Tamarindus) on Zanzibar
clutch
2-3 eggs (South Africa)
eggcolour
plain white, creamy or pale blue, or marked with darker spots
eggsize
average size of 53 eggs 23 x 15.1 mm (South Africa)
incub
incubation by female, period not recorded
chicks
nestling period 19-22 days in captivity

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 24950

Vm 24724

Vm 24489

Vm 24398

Vm 24394

Vm 24371

Vm 24357

Vm 24256

Vm 19093

Vm 19092

Vm 18871

Vm 18628

Vm 18439

Vm 18396

Vm 18393

Vm 18231

Vm 18034

Vm 17909

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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12, South Africa, Empisini NR, pond, Oschadleus HD
13, South Africa, Empisini NR, pond, Oschadleus HD
331, South Africa, Futululu dam, Oschadleus HD
335, South Africa, Bonamanzi, croc pool, Oschadleus HD; Barry Taylor, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright, Gert Opperman
339, South Africa, Bonamanzi, croc pool, opp side, Oschadleus HD; Barry Taylor, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright, Gert Opperman
340, South Africa, Bonamanzi, croc pool, near opp side, Oschadleus HD; Barry Taylor, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright, Gert Opperman
344, South Africa, St Lucia sewage works, Oschadleus HD; Cliff Wright
346, South Africa, Twinstreams/Mondi, Hudley Station, main, Oschadleus HD; Graham Grieve, Carol Milan, Sakkie, Junior
347, South Africa, Twinstreams/Mondi, Hudley Station, LHS, Oschadleus HD; Graham Grieve, Carol Milan, Sakkie, Junior
355, South Africa, Sappi, path, Oschadleus HD; Chris Macdonald, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright
356, South Africa, Sappi, spit, Oschadleus HD; Chris Macdonald, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright
393, South Africa, Empisini NR, pond, Oschadleus HD
418, South Africa, Southport Camp site next to Damba R , Oschadleus HD
421, South Africa, Southport, mangrove marsh near Damba R, Oschadleus HD
422, South Africa, Southport, Mhlangamkulu R at bridge, Oschadleus HD
423, South Africa, Southport, Mhlangamkulu R, upstream1, opp, Oschadleus HD
424, South Africa, Southport, Mhlangamkulu R, upstream2, opp, Oschadleus HD
425, South Africa, Southport, Mhlangamkulu R, upstream2, this side, Oschadleus HD
426, South Africa, Southport, Mhlangamkulu R, house, Oschadleus HD
446, South Africa, Devils Pool 30 00 25.94S 30 15 29.97E, Grieve, Graham
588, South Africa, A stop with restaurant and craft shops along the main road south from Port Shepstone, coastal, residential and holiday residential., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
589, South Africa, A stop with restaurant and craft shops along the main road south from Port Shepstone, coastal, residential and holiday residential., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
595, South Africa, Residential holiday development / estate on border of nature reserve., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
599, South Africa, Rural, coastal at turn off from main road (N2) south to Port Shepstone., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
684, Tanzania, A plot of approx. 30 x 30 meters, with three small-medium sized houses, a small constructed wetland for sewage treatment, and a little nature preserve., Outwater A H
861, South Africa, Penicuik, near KwaMbonambi; S28 34.180 E32 09.845 , Oschadleus HD
1010, South Africa, Bonamanzi Game Park, SE of Hluhluwe, Nuttall R.J
1085, South Africa, Mowat Quarry, Sea View Durban, Wilson C.
1252, South Africa, Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, Rimmer D
1398, South Africa, San Lameer Estate, Dobson R.A.; C. Andrews
1423, South Africa, Dunkirk Estate, Rimmer D
1460, South Africa, Old Munster Main Road, Dobson R.A.; N. Dobson, M. Dobson
1518, South Africa, Mpenjati Nature Reserve, Dobson R.A.; N. Dobson, M. Dobson
1701, South Africa, Site is at a river crossing near Inyoni South of Komatiepoort., Gerrans, Colin
1746, South Africa, Empisini NR, pond at Rd end, Oschadleus HD
1756, South Africa, Southport, Bendigo marsh, Oschadleus HD
1765, South Africa, Southport, mangrove marsh nr Damba bridge, Oschadleus HD
1861, South Africa, Bonamanzi Private nature reserve, near main camp., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
1907, South Africa, Lake Teza, reeds at hide , Oschadleus HD
1913, South Africa, Phumula lodge, col at reeds, Oschadleus HD
1933, South Africa, Darvill Bird Sanctuary, Brown M
1934, South Africa, Darvill Bird Sanctuary, Brown M
1960, Tanzania, on the road from Ifakara to the Kilombero River Ferry , Oliver, Paul
2399, Tanzania, Usambara Maweni Lodge, David Gitau
2417, Kenya, Timboni; Watamu Rd, opp Elimu bookshop , Oschadleus HD
2418, Kenya, Timboni; Watamu Rd, opp Elimu bookshop , Oschadleus HD
2424, Kenya, Turtle Bay Beach Resort, pool, Oschadleus HD; Jonathan Baya
2425, Kenya, Turtle Bay Beach Resort, pool, Oschadleus HD
2450, Tanzania, A few kilometers down river from Sand Rivers Lodge , Oliver, Paul
2613, Kenya, Turtle Bay Beach Club fish pond, Jackson C
2808, South Africa, St Lucia lake. Parks Board dredger harbour , Zaloumis, Alex
3986, South Africa, "Highover", in the Hella Hella valley, Clulow David
3990, South Africa, Umzumbe intersection , Oschadleus HD
4145, South Africa, Mkuzi Nsumo Pan, Strachan Trish
4208, South Africa, South West of Komatiepoort , Gerrans, Colin
4284, South Africa, outside Highover reception office , Zaloumis, Alex
4286, South Africa, accross the river from Highover reception office (probably half a km) , Zaloumis, Alex
4290, South Africa, st lucia estuary reed beds; 28'23'16.40"S & 32'24'42.28"E to 28'23'0.47"S & 32'25'10.15"E, Zaloumis, Alex
4291, South Africa, st lucia estuary reed beds; 28'23'16.40"S & 32'24'42.28"E to 28'23'0.47"S & 32'25'10.15"E, Zaloumis, Alex
4385, South Africa, Next to Telcom box Main Road Umdloti, Cronje Pieter
4386, South Africa, Behind Telcom Station Next to Main Rd Umdloti, Cronje Pieter
4387, South Africa, Sugar cane field next to Main road just before Umdloti, Cronje Pieter
4393, South Africa, Main Road Sugar cane field before the town, Cronje Pieter
4397, South Africa, Reedbed at the end of 1st street Umdloti, Cronje Pieter
4398, South Africa, End of 1 street next to St Mulo House Umdloti, Cronje Pieter
4399, South Africa, Bellamont rd Umdloti, Cronje Pieter
4411, South Africa, Lanoon drive Redbed on the left of the road, Cronje Pieter
4416, South Africa, Reedbed next to Marina Rd la Mercy, Cronje Pieter
4427, South Africa, Ahamadeys st La Mercy, Cronje Pieter
4457, South Africa, 158 South Beach rd La Mercy, Cronje Pieter
4461, South Africa, Circle at South Beach and M4 road La Mercy, Cronje Pieter
4468, South Africa, Sugarcane field opposite Tongaat Cemetary, Cronje Pieter
4477, South Africa, Reedbed in Park street Tongaat, Cronje Pieter
4480, South Africa, Perk street Tongaat, Cronje Pieter
4487, South Africa, South Dune rd Tongaat, Cronje Pieter
4488, South Africa, Corner Valley and South Dune, Cronje Pieter
4503, South Africa, Sugarcane field below Sibaya , Cronje Pieter
4516, South Africa, Sugarcane field below complex, Cronje Pieter
4527, South Africa, Reedbed in Sugarcane field below Sibaya, Cronje Pieter
4533, South Africa, Sugarcane field below Sibaya, Cronje Pieter
4542, South Africa, Watson highway , Cronje Pieter
4546, South Africa, Turn off to La Lucia from M4 next to Amstrong rd, Cronje Pieter
4548, South Africa, Redbed next to Corner Crocodile and Umhlatuzana 20232 st, Cronje Pieter
4606, South Africa, 43 Casuarina rd Tongaat, Cronje Pieter
4608, South Africa, Casuarina beach rd Tongaat, Cronje Pieter
4612, South Africa, Tongaat field near sircle of SOuth Beach and M3, Cronje Pieter
4614, South Africa, St Lucia Estuary and surrounding forrest, Wilkinson J H
4617, South Africa, Bridge over Umdloti River R 102, Cronje Pieter
4749, South Africa, Corner Todd and Oaklands, Cronje Pieter
4754, South Africa, Corner Todd and Oaklands, Cronje Pieter
4795, South Africa, Corner Shelbourne and Ronan, Cronje Pieter
4837, South Africa, Off Ramp to King Shaka Airport N2, Cronje Pieter
4896, South Africa, Reedbed end of Crocodile corner of Python, Cronje Pieter
4897, South Africa, Crocodile, Cronje Pieter
4898, South Africa, Crocodile, Cronje Pieter
4905, South Africa, Sugar cane rd Ottawa, Cronje Pieter
4906, South Africa, Sugarcane road Ottawa , Cronje Pieter
4925, South Africa, Umdloti M4 offramp, Cronje Pieter
4942, South Africa, Darjeeling rd little stream, Cronje Pieter
4946, South Africa, Near Boulder Hill farm near Manderstone siding, Summersgill C.V.
4947, South Africa, Bisley Valley NR, Summersgill C.V.
4979, South Africa, Hazelmere , Cronje Pieter
4983, South Africa, Redbed in Mdloti river at New Glasgow rd Bridge, Cronje Pieter
4984, South Africa, Reedbed in Mdloti river next to New Glasgow rd bridge, Cronje Pieter
5676, South Africa, St Lucia Estuary, Kennedy David
6195, South Africa, Next to Telcom box Main Road Umdloti, Cronje Pieter
7056, South Africa, R618 bridge into St Lucia village, Zaloumis, Alex
7061, South Africa, reed bed near jetty, R618, St Lucia, Zaloumis, Alex
7062, South Africa, reedbed near bridge, R618, St Lucia, Zaloumis, Alex
7063, South Africa, upstream from bridge, town side, R618, St Lucia, Zaloumis, Alex
7064, South Africa, estuary mouth along boardwalk, St Lucia, Zaloumis, Alex
7326, Tanzania, Lake Tagalala, Selous GR, Jubber W
7653, South Africa, Moneysworth farm, Galpin M
7895, South Africa, Lake Nhlabane Pump Station, Johnstone R A
7900, South Africa, Mzingazi Lake Weir, Johnstone R A
8078, South Africa, St Lucia bridge, Zaloumis, Alex
8130, South Africa, St Lucia estuary mouth, Zaloumis, Alex
8419, South Africa, Umlalazi Reserve enterance, Zaloumis, Alex
8420, South Africa, Siyaya reedbeds, Umlalazi Nature Reserve, Zaloumis, Alex
8458, South Africa, Mpenjati Nature Reserve, Robinson D.M
8800, South Africa, Maphelane camp, near reception, southernmost camp in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Loftie-Eaton M
9189, South Africa, Estuary mouth, Robinson D.M
9289, Tanzania, Bandari street near rail road bridge , Cronje Pieter
9292, Tanzania, Bandari street near rail road bridge , Cronje Pieter
9293, Tanzania, Bandari street near rail road bridge , Cronje Pieter
11929, South Africa, Bonamanzi, croc pool/fence big , Oschadleus HD
11931, South Africa, Wild Coast Sun, N pond/main, Oschadleus HD
11933, South Africa, Wild Coast Sun, N pond/main, Oschadleus HD
13721, South Africa, Sheffield beach road, Cronje Pieter
13921, South Africa, Richardsbay, Booysen M.
13925, South Africa, Southport, Robinson D.M
13946, South Africa, St Lucia; jetty for cruises , Robinson D.M
13947, South Africa, At old Park's Board boat houses., Robinson D.M
13957, South Africa, On the Mpushini stream, Robinson D.M
14017, South Africa, Kuleni Game Park, Tippett Ryan Matthew
14088, South Africa, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Tippett Ryan Matthew
14143, South Africa, Badenhorst Boerdery, Falsebay area, Tippett Ryan Matthew
14319, South Africa, Boulder Hill, Robinson D.M
14360, South Africa, "Mouth" of St Lucia estuary, Robinson D.M
14502, South Africa, Mpande, Robinson D.M
14505, South Africa, Near Mpande, Robinson D.M
14532, Tanzania, Zanzibar; Beach garden and tidal pools, Brown Gary; Fiona Brown
14535, South Africa, At Kaba lagoon, Steen L.
14575, Swaziland, Mlawula, Mbuluzi gorge, first Mlawula river crossing, Braun K
14646, South Africa, T C Robinson, Johnstone Richard Alan
14676, South Africa, Farm Last Venture, New Hanover District, Robinson D.M
14678, South Africa, St. Lucia Estuary, Tippett Ryan Matthew
14908, Swaziland, Mlawula Nature Reserve, weir by old entrance , Braun K
15512, South Africa, St Lucia Wetlands, Gulliver Heather; Photos by Professor Robin Sibson
15743, Tanzania, Selous GR, Walter Jubber
15750, Tanzania, Selous GR, Walter Jubber
15818, South Africa, M3 Watson Highway, Cronje Pieter
16030, South Africa, R104, Cronje Pieter
16032, South Africa, R104, Cronje Pieter
16042, South Africa, D382, Cronje Pieter
16043, South Africa, D382, Cronje Pieter
16044, South Africa, D382, Cronje Pieter
16227, South Africa, Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, McCutcheon Ian
16374, South Africa, Isimangoliso Eastern Shores (Estuary above bridge), Dickinson R
16891, South Africa, La Lucia mall, Oschadleus HD
17592, Tanzania, Kichangani Village, 35 km south of main Kilombero river, Ngasoma, Sebastian; S Daniel
17900, South Africa, On the Mpushini Stream, immediately above railway line, Robinson DM
17909, South Africa, Tanglewood private nature reserve, between Kloof Country Club and Westmead industrial area, Rimmer D
18034, South Africa, KwaXimba conservancy along the banks of the Umgeni river, approx. 9km north of Inchanga., Rimmer D
18231, Tanzania, Uroa Beach Hotel, Van Zyl Pierre; Jaco van Zyl
18393, South Africa, On Mpushini Stream, not too far above the railway line, Robinson DM
18396, Swaziland, Mlawula Nature Reserve, rocks below S end of weir by old entrance, Braun K
18439, South Africa, Amatikulu Nature Reserve, Tippett Ryan Matthew
18628, South Africa, Immediately above the railway line on the Mpushini Stream, Robinson DM
18871, South Africa, Boulder Hill, Robinson DM
19092, South Africa, St Lucia River, McCutcheon Ian
19093, South Africa, Bonamanzi Game Park, McCutcheon Ian
24256, South Africa, False Bay, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Tippett Ryan Matthew
24357, Swaziland, Mlawula Nature Reserve, weir by old entrance , Braun K
24371, South Africa, Ehlathini Bush Camp, False Bay District, Hluhluwe, Tippett Ryan Matthew
24394, South Africa, Hluhluwe River Floodplain, Tippett Ryan Matthew
24398, South Africa, Bridge over Mzinene River, Tippett Ryan Matthew
24489, Swaziland, Mlawula Nature Reserve, weir by old entrance , Braun K
24724, South Africa, St Lucia, Archer A.M.
24950, Mozambique, South, Kleiman PR
200157, Tanzania, on the road from Ifakara to the Kilombero River Ferry, Oliver, Paul

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday 3 [248] - Range changes [11]: Eastern Golden Weaver (2017-03-15)
Weaver Wednesday [159] - Discovery [42]: Eastern Golden Weaver (2015-07-01)
Weaver Wednesday [23]: Eastern Golden Weaver (2012-11-21)
Weaver ringing trip, Zululand, 6-12 February 2012 (2012-02-13)