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Thick-billed Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons

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Most recent PHOWN record for this species (recent thumbnails and full species listing at end of this web page):

Vm 11930

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 134

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 - 4.1 - 30 (n=95)Often in small colonies; more than 100 nests in one South African colony
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
reed - 132
tree - 2

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1485022224173147

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
May-Nov in Cameroon, Jul-Oct in Central African Republic, Nov in Sudan, and May-Jun and Aug-Sept in Ethiopia; in DRCongo, Jan-Mar in Katanga, Jun-Nov in Ituri and Jan in Itombwe; all months except Nov-Dec (peak Apr-Jun) in Uganda; in Kenya Apr-Oct on coast and all months except Sept-Oct (peak Mar-Jun) inland; Mar-Apr in Rwanda, Dec-Feb and Apr-May in Tanzania, and Dec-Mar in Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Malawi; Jan-Feb and Apr in Botswana, and Nov-Mar in Zimbabwe; in South Africa, Nov-Mar inland and Sept-Mar in coastal regions

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, male with up to six females, three nesting simultmeously on teritory; also single nests and apparently monogamous pairs in areas of low density
season
May-Nov in Cameroon, Jul-Oct in Central African Republic, Nov in Sudan, and May-Jun and Aug-Sept in Ethiopia; in DRCongo, Jan-Mar in Katanga, Jun-Nov in Ituri and Jan in Itombwe; all months except Nov-Dec (peak Apr-Jun) in Uganda; in Kenya Apr-Oct on coast and all months except Sept-Oct (peak Mar-Jun) inland; Mar-Apr in Rwanda, Dec-Feb and Apr-May in Tanzania, and Dec-Mar in Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Malawi; Jan-Feb and Apr in Botswana, and Nov-Mar in Zimbabwe; in South Africa, Nov-Mar inland and Sept-Mar in coastal regions
nsite
attached, 1-3 m above ground or water, to bulrushes , papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) or reeds (Phragmites) and sedges, usually over water, also in tall elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum)
nbuild
built by male, female lining cup
colsize
Often in small colonies; more than 100 nests in one South African colony
clutch
mean 3 eggs (Malawi, South Africa)
eggcolour
white to pink, spotted with red, purple and brown
eggsize
average size of 165 in S Africa 23.6 x 16.2 mm
incub
by female, in mean spells of 33 minutes (mean 12.5 minutes off nest), period 14-16 days
chicks
chicks fed by female (by regugitation), occasionally by male, nestling period 18-20 days

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 11930

Vm 9291

Vm 9103

Vm 8841

Vm 8839

Vm 8711

Vm 8634

Vm 8626

Vm 8624

Vm 8454

Vm 8334

Vm 8333

Vm 8323

Vm 8125

Vm 8124

Vm 8123

Vm 8122

Vm 8120

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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15, South Africa, Japanese Gardens, Oschadleus HD
16, South Africa, Japanese Gardens, Oschadleus HD
53, South Africa, in front of the bird hide at Lake Panic, Kruger National Park, During Jackie; Dave During; Steve Misplon
272, Zimbabwe, Borrowdale Brooke, Hart Nick
327, South Africa, Farm dam past Monzi, Oschadleus HD; Graham Grieve, Carol Milan
329, South Africa, Reed bed in town, Oschadleus HD; Graham Grieve, Carol Milan
332, South Africa, Futululu dam, Oschadleus HD
336, South Africa, Bonamanzi, croc pool, Oschadleus HD; Barry Taylor, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright, Gert Opperman
338, South Africa, Bonamanzi, croc pool, opp side, Oschadleus HD; Barry Taylor, Graham Grieve, Cliff Wright, Gert Opperman
388, South Africa, iPithi NR, thin bamboos, Oschadleus HD
389, South Africa, iPithi NR, pond, Oschadleus HD
390, South Africa, Ashley Drive, pond, Oschadleus HD
395, South Africa, Empisini NR, near chain, Oschadleus HD
406, South Africa, Residential suburb, Durban [iPithi NR], Van Vuuren A; Sean Swarts
417, South Africa, Southport Camp site next to Damba R , Oschadleus HD
419, South Africa, Southport, Bendigo marsh, Oschadleus HD
420, South Africa, Southport, upstream of Bendigo marsh, Oschadleus HD
447, South Africa, Devils Pool 31 00 30.65S 30 15 25.67E, Grieve, Graham
472, South Africa, Residential, golf estate, Van Vuuren A; S Swarts, J Stander, W Swarts
597, South Africa, Residential holiday development / estate on border of nature reserve., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
598, South Africa, Residential, holiday residential, coastal., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
642, South Africa, Pretoria National Botanic Gardens, van Stuyvenberg K; Dirk
676, South Africa, Nelspruit, Penryn college, wetland, Oschadleus HD
680, South Africa, Nelspruit NR, pipe, Oschadleus HD
681, South Africa, Nelspruit, Bundu lodge, estate dam 2, Oschadleus HD
872, South Africa, 24’24”15.47S & 30’48”43.17E, Zaloumis, Alex
1250, South Africa, Durban Country Club, near the Half way House (10th tee), Rimmer D
1371, South Africa, Pretoria National Botanic Gardens - cafe, Oschadleus HD
1372, South Africa, Pretoria National Botanic Gardens - restaurant, Oschadleus HD
1451, South Africa, Pmb: KZN National Botanical Gardens, kiosk pond, Oschadleus HD
1452, South Africa, Pmb: KZN National Botanical Gardens, kingfisher, Oschadleus HD
1454, South Africa, Pmb: KZN National Botanical Gardens, downstream, Oschadleus HD
1517, South Africa, Mpenjati Nature Reserve, Dobson R.A.; N. Dobson, M. Dobson
1586, South Africa, Blyde, Zaloumis, Alex
1705, South Africa, Bosveldsig vlei., Heymans J.A; Joubert Heymans
1715, South Africa, Darvill Sewage Works, Pmb, channel cnr, Oschadleus HD
1750, South Africa, Southport, Bendigo marsh, Oschadleus HD
1755, South Africa, Southport, Bendigo marsh, Oschadleus HD
1915, South Africa, Phumula lodge, col top dam, Oschadleus HD
1944, South Africa, bluecrane dam , Zaloumis, Alex
1956, South Africa, Blyde Wildlife Estate, Zaloumis, Alex
2398, Tanzania, Usambara Maweni Lodge, David Gitau
2412, Kenya, Uhuru Gardens, pond, Oschadleus HD; Fleurs bird walk
2434, South Africa, Lydenburg Golfcourse, De Swardt D.H.
2506, South Africa, Empisini NR, pond, Oschadleus HD
3028, South Africa, Satara Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, Nuttall R.J
3084, South Africa, St Stithians College, Bryanston, Rex, Mike
3085, South Africa, St Stithians College, Bryanston, Rex, Mike
3473, South Africa, Costello, Zaloumis, Alex
3541, South Africa, Graham road Bashewa Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3542, South Africa, Graham road Bashewa Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3543, South Africa, Graham road Bashewa Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3544, South Africa, Graham road Bashewa Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3545, South Africa, Graham road Bashewa Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3546, South Africa, Graham road Bashewa Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3547, South Africa, Graham road Bashewa Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3565, South Africa, Selati road Waterkloof river Alphen park Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3669, South Africa, Kemiad Golf Course Dam near Pretoria East Hospital, Cronje Pieter
3679, South Africa, Kimiad Golf Course Dam 4 Pretoria, Cronje Pieter
3682, South Africa, Kimiad Golf Course pond near parking area Pretoria , Cronje Pieter
3688, South Africa, Costello, Zaloumis, Alex
3751, South Africa, Wingate Park Golf course Reed bed approx 100 meters from the gate, Cronje Pieter
3790, South Africa, Grofin 224 Loristo St Pretorius Park, Cronje Pieter
3961, South Africa, Morelataspruit Nest to Timbavati Morelatapark, Cronje Pieter
3964, South Africa, Morelataspruit next to Timbavati st Morelatapark, Cronje Pieter
3989, South Africa, Umzumbe intersection , Oschadleus HD
4103, South Africa, KZN National Botanical Gardens, Clivia pond , Oschadleus HD
4195, South Africa, Shere, Cronje Pieter
4257, South Africa, Jimmy Avis Park Keeshond St Garsfontein, Cronje Pieter
4273, South Africa, bird sanctury, Office park dam , Zaloumis, Alex
4287, South Africa, near BMW , Zaloumis, Alex
4288, South Africa, cafe viewpoint, bird sanctuary , Zaloumis, Alex
4289, South Africa, St Lucia boat launch to camp site; 28'23'16.40"S & 32'24'42.28"E to 28'23'0.47"S & 32'25'10.15"E , Zaloumis, Alex
4322, South Africa, Glenwood st Lynwood Glen, Cronje Pieter
4388, South Africa, Sugar cane field next to Main road just before Umdloti, Cronje Pieter
4434, South Africa, Little stream next to Protea Place, Cronje Pieter
4463, South Africa, Circle at South Beach and M4 road La Mercy, Cronje Pieter
4500, South Africa, N3 Sibaya dr intersection , Cronje Pieter
4501, South Africa, N3 Sibaya dr intersection, Cronje Pieter
4519, South Africa, Sugarcane field below complex, Cronje Pieter
4523, South Africa, bulrushes between Otto's dams (Not Blyde wildlife estate which is on opposite side of R36) , Zaloumis, Alex
4549, South Africa, Redbed next to Corner Crocodile and Umhlatuzana 20232 st, Cronje Pieter
4584, South Africa, Reedbed next to Lotus rd, Cronje Pieter
4819, South Africa, Park next to Old Mill, Cronje Pieter
4852, South Africa, Umdloti Main rd, Cronje Pieter
4881, South Africa, Amstrong ave, Cronje Pieter
4924, South Africa, Umdloti Verulam offramp N2, Cronje Pieter
4936, South Africa, Bisley Valley NR, Summersgill C.V.
5010, South Africa, tim otto small dam , Zaloumis, Alex
5016, South Africa, Bisley Valley NR, Summersgill C.V.
5087, South Africa, Tugela Drift Nature Reserve, Manson A.
5088, South Africa, Tugela Drift Nature Reserve, Manson A.
5235, South Africa, 3kms Sth. of Ohrigstad alongside R36 road , Zaloumis, Alex
5313, South Africa, Hlambanyathi Nature Reserve; Mkuzi, Jessnitz V
5315, South Africa, Cumberland Bird Sanctuary, Steen L.
5323, South Africa, Game lodge on R22 near Hluhluwe, Cronje Pieter
5678, South Africa, Housing estate, Symes C
5696, South Africa, Skukuza, Kruger National Park, Kennedy David
5703, South Africa, Mzinene RIver, Phinda Resource Reserve, Kennedy David
5842, Kenya, Hells gate on near the offices of Olkarai I Power Plant near Olkarai route, Cronje Pieter
6477, South Africa, 12th hole, Golf Course, Zaloumis, Alex
6759, South Africa, Zoo Lake ponds, Randburg, Zaloumis, Alex
6855, South Africa, Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanic Garden, Emmarentia, Zaloumis, Alex
6858, South Africa, reed beds in swampy area below 2nd dam, Johannesburg Botanic Garden, Emmarentia , Zaloumis, Alex
7292, South Africa, Dikhololo, Kok Andre & Bets
7431, South Africa, top of stream off Bayhill Drive, White River, Zaloumis, Alex
7458, South Africa, Golf course, Bayhill Drive, White River, Zaloumis, Alex
7459, South Africa, above causeway, Bayhill Drive, White River, Zaloumis, Alex
7519, South Africa, Zandspruit bridge on R527, 5km out from Hoedspruit, Zaloumis, Alex; Joel Roerig
7549, South Africa, Just south of R103 at the stream between Ashburton and lynnfield Park, Robinson D.M
7573, South Africa, bullrushes mid dam, Otto, Blyde, Zaloumis, Alex; Joshua Rogers
7574, South Africa, lower dam, Otto, Blyde, Zaloumis, Alex
7594, South Africa, bulrushes between Otto's dams, Zaloumis, Alex
7647, South Africa, Bulrushes, Otto dams, Zaloumis, Alex
7899, South Africa, Mzingazi Weir , Johnstone R A
7912, South Africa, Pecanwood Golf Estate, Maciver M
8120, South Africa, Toyota garage, Pongola, off N2, Zaloumis, Alex
8122, South Africa, below 2nd dam in thick reedbeds alongside open grasslands, Emmerentia, Zaloumis, Alex
8123, South Africa, 2nd dam, Emmarentia, Zaloumis, Alex
8124, South Africa, 2nd dam wall edge, Emmarentia, Zaloumis, Alex
8125, South Africa, Hazyview quarry, off R535, Zaloumis, Alex
8323, South Africa, In plantation west of Otto's Bluff Road, Robinson D.M
8333, South Africa, Darvill sewerage farm, Robinson D.M
8334, Zambia, Nsobe, Brink Bertie
8454, South Africa, Swavelpoort , Cronje Pieter
8624, South Africa, Umgeni River bank, Howick, Zaloumis, Alex
8626, South Africa, Umgeni River bank, Howick, Zaloumis, Alex
8634, South Africa, Umgeni River bank, Zaloumis, Alex
8711, South Africa, Panic dam Hide, Zaloumis, Alex
8839, South Africa, Menlyn Centre Next to Lois Avenue, Cronje Pieter
8841, South Africa, Strubens dam bird sanctuary, Cronje Pieter
9103, South Africa, Weesgerus Holiday Resort, Venter S.
9291, Tanzania, Bandari street near rail road bridge , Cronje Pieter
11930, South Africa, Bonamanzi, croc pool/fence big , Oschadleus HD

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 [8]: Thick-billed Weaver (2012-08-08)
Tracking PHOWN priorities (2012-02-28)