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Southern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus xanthopterus

(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 29210

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 40

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 - 5.8 - 20 (n=12)Colonial, with up to 300 nests together
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
reed - 22

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
70110000141115

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Mar in Tanzania, Feb-Mar in Zambia, Oct-Apr in Malawi, Oct-Nov in Botswana, Nov-Mar (mainly Jan-Feb) in Zimbabwe and Dec in Mozambique; mainly Nov-Jan, with some earlier and later records, 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
Polygynous, with two or three females per male
season
Mar in Tanzania, Feb-Mar in Zambia, Oct-Apr in Malawi, Oct-Nov in Botswana, Nov-Mar (mainly Jan-Feb) in Zimbabwe and Dec in Mozambique; mainly Nov-Jan, with some earlier and later records, in South Africa
nsite
placed chiefly in bed of Phragmites reeds, bulrushes or papyrus, occasionally in tree, c. 2.5 m above water or ground
nbuild
woven by male, lined by female
colsize
Colonial, with up to 300 nests together
clutch
2-3 eggs (average 2.4 in Malawi)
eggcolour
usually plain dark chocolate-brown or olive-brown, sometimes blue-green and heavily marked with grey-brown specks, or greenish-white with heavy red-brown markings
eggsize
average size of 45 eggs 21 x 14.5 mm (South Africa)
incub
incubation by female only, period 14-17 days
chicks
chicks fed by female alone, nestling period 14-19 days

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 29210

Vm 28673

Vm 28073

Vm 26741

Vm 18665

Vm 18169

Vm 14018

Vm 13937

Vm 11898

Vm 8327

Vm 7896

Vm 7654

Vm 7425

Vm 7060

Vm 4295

Vm 4207

Vm 1819

Vm 1485

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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343, 11,South Africa, Bonamanzi, hippo pool, Oschadleus HD; Barry Taylor, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright, Gert Opperman , reed
345, 0,South Africa, Thulazihleka Pan, E end, Oschadleus HD; Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright, Gert Opperman, Carol Milan, reed
354, 15,South Africa, Sappi, canal, Oschadleus HD; Chris Macdonald, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright, reed
648, 2,South Africa, Crocodile Bridge entrance, Kruger National Park, McKenzie D.R, reed
1484, 0,South Africa, Crocodile Bridge 25?27?.01 S 31?57?.04 E, Phelps, B, reed
1485, 2,South Africa, Crocodile Bridge 25?21?.41 S 31?53?.54 E, Phelps, B, reed
1819, 20,Mozambique, River crossing on EN1, Perrins N, reed
4207, 2,South Africa, At bridge crossing the river entering Kruger National Park at Crocodile Bridge. , Gerrans, Colin, reed
4295, 0,South Africa, St Lucia estuary, at launch site , Zaloumis, Alex, reed
7060, 1,South Africa, between bridge & jetty, R618, St Lucia, Zaloumis, Alex, reed
7425, 0,South Africa, On low level bridge East side crossing the river at Crocodile Bridge, Gerrans C.A., reed
7654, 10,South Africa, Tugela Mouth , Walden Dennis, reed
7896, 3,South Africa, Lake Nhlabane Pump Station, Johnstone R A, reed
8327, 1,South Africa, Lake Mzingazi Weir, Johnstone R A, reed
11898, 0,Tanzania, Papyrus swamps; along Lufilyo River, Grimm, Martin , reed
13937, 0,Mozambique, Pungwe River, Booysen M., reed
14018, 1,South Africa, Hluhluwe River Floodplain, Tippett Ryan Matthew, reed
18169, 0,South Africa, Thulazihleka Pan, Rail hide, Oschadleus HD, reed
18665, 0,South Africa, Tembe Elephant Park, Tippett Ryan Matthew, reed
26741, 0,South Africa, At Bridge into St Lucia, Risch Claudia, reed
28073, 0,South Africa, Bridge over the estuary, entering St Lucia, Robinson DM, reed
28673, 1,South Africa, SAPPI Mbozambo wetlands on the outskirts of Stanger (KwaDukuza), Rimmer D, reed
29210, 0,South Africa, Umdloti Estuary, Roberts A.C.,
100159, 0,South Africa, Durban, Reunion, nr aerodrome, Robert Hunt, reed
100160, 0,South Africa, Durban, Near Umlaas River Mouth, DR Calder, reed
100161, 0,South Africa, Hlabisa, Back channel of St Lucia est, DP & RL Cyrus, reed
100162, 0,South Africa, Durban, Near Umlaas river mouth, DR Calder, reed
100163, 0,South Africa, Darnall, Sinkwazi, R Dean, reed
100164, 0,South Africa, Umhlatuzi R, HW Bell Marley, 0
100165, 0,South Africa, Durban, Near Umlaas River Mouth, DR Calder, reed
100166, 0,South Africa, Empangeni distr, Kulu R, CH Jerome, reed
100167, 0,South Africa, Jex Estate Umvoti Mouth, CJ Vernon, reed
100168, 0,South Africa, Lower Tugela, Jex Estate Umvoti Mouth, CJ Vernon, reed
100169, 0,South Africa, Darnall, Sinkwazi [2931AD], R Dean, reed
100170, 0,Zimbabwe, Chiredzi, SABI/Lundi Junction, BY Sherry & AJ Anthony, reed
100171, 0,Malawi, Chiromo, Port Herald, RC Long, reed
100172, 0,Malawi, Port Herald, Chiromo, RC Long, reed
100173, 0,Malawi, Port Herald, Chiromo, RC Long, reed
100174, 0,Malawi, Port Herald, Chiromo, Suzi Dai, reed
100175, 0,Malawi, Port Herald, Bandazi, Chitza, RC Long, reed

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 [250] - Range changes [13]: Southern Brown-throated Weaver (2017-03-29)
Weaver Wednesday [186] - Discovery [69]: Southern Brown-throated Weaver (2016-01-06)
Weaver Wednesday [38]: Southern Brown-throated Weaver (2013-03-06)