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Red-collared Widowbird Euplectes ardens(species text)
PHOWN priorities: none yet
No of records in PHOWN for this species: 2
Colony sizeColony 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 - 1.0 - 1 (n=1)||territory containing 3-22 nest structures|
Nest siteType of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
|reed - 2|
PHOWN Records per month for this species
|Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15||Oct-Nov in Sierra Leone, Sept-Oct in Liberia, Sept-Nov in Nigeria and Cameroon, Apr-May and Jul-Oct in Ethiopia; in DRCongo, Sept-Nov in NE and Jan-May in SE; Mar-Apr in Rwanda, Apr-Jun in Uganda, Apr-Jul and Dec-Jan in Kenya, and Jan-May in Tanzania; Jan-Apr in Zambia and Jan-May in Malawi; in Mozmbique, Feb-May in W and Oct-Mar in S; Dec-Mar Zimbabwe and Oct-Mar 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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Published breeding informationBreeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.
Polygynous, male typically with two or three females
Oct-Nov in Sierra Leone, Sept-Oct in Liberia, Sept-Nov in Nigeria and Cameroon, Apr-May and Jul-Oct in Ethiopia; in DRCongo, Sept-Nov in NE and Jan-May in SE; Mar-Apr in Rwanda, Apr-Jun in Uganda, Apr-Jul and Dec-Jan in Kenya, and Jan-May in Tanzania; Jan-Apr in Zambia and Jan-May in Malawi; in Mozmbique, Feb-May in W and Oct-Mar in S; Dec-Mar Zimbabwe and Oct-Mar in South Africa
placed 1-3.5 m above ground in tall elephant grass, elsewhere often less than 1 m above ground
female often does most of building, continues to add lining during incubation period
territory containing 3-22 nest structures
2-4 eggs (mean 2.7 in South Africa)
greyish or blue-green, heavily speckled with brown, often forming ring near thick end
average size of 149 eggs 18.9 x 13.6 mm (South Africa)
incubation by female only, period 12-15 days
chicks fed by female only, primarily by regurgitation, nestling period 14-17 days
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2411, 1,Kenya, Uhuru gardens, far corner , Oschadleus HD; Fleurs bird walk
5182, 0,South Africa, Witpoorje, 16 miles from Jhb to Randfontein, Ellemor, FJ
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Weaver Wednesday 3  - Range changes : Red-collared Widowbird (2017-05-24)
Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Red-collared Widowbird (2014-12-03)
Weaver Wednesday : Red-collared Widowbird (2012-10-24)
First PHOWN record for Red-collared Widow (2012-06-15)