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Red-collared Widowbird Euplectes ardens

(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 5182

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 2

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 - 1.0 - 1 (n=1)territory containing 3-22 nest structures
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Nest site

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

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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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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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 typically with two or three females
season
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
nsite
placed 1-3.5 m above ground in tall elephant grass, elsewhere often less than 1 m above ground
nbuild
female often does most of building, continues to add lining during incubation period
colsize
territory containing 3-22 nest structures
clutch
2-4 eggs (mean 2.7 in South Africa)
eggcolour
greyish or blue-green, heavily speckled with brown, often forming ring near thick end
eggsize
average size of 149 eggs 18.9 x 13.6 mm (South Africa)
incub
incubation by female only, period 12-15 days
chicks
chicks fed by female only, primarily by regurgitation, nestling period 14-17 days

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Vm 5182

Vm 2411

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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2411, Kenya, Uhuru gardens, far corner , Oschadleus HD; Fleurs bird walk
5182, South Africa, Witpoorje, 16 miles from Jhb to Randfontein, Ellemor, FJ

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 [258] - Range changes [21]: Red-collared Widowbird (2017-05-24)
Weaver Wednesday [129] - Discovery [12]: Red-collared Widowbird (2014-12-03)
Weaver Wednesday [19]: Red-collared Widowbird (2012-10-24)
First PHOWN record for Red-collared Widow (2012-06-15)