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Yellow-mantled Widowbird Euplectes macroura

(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 25265

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 6

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 - 2.2 - 3 (n=5)Territorial, but in areas of high density almost colonial
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
other - 4
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
Sept-Nov in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Jun-Aug in Ghana, Jun-Nov in Benin, Aug-Sept in Burkina Faso, Jul-Oct in Nigeria and Niger, Sept-Nov in Cameroon, Oct in PRCongo; in DRCongo, Jul-Oct in NE and Jan-Apr in S; Aug-Oct in Sudan, Jul-Oct in Ethiopia, Jun-Aug in Uganda, May-Sept in Kenya, Jun in Tanzania, Mar-May in Angola, Dec-Mar in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Jan-Feb in Malawi

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 up to five females per male
season
Sept-Nov in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Jun-Aug in Ghana, Jun-Nov in Benin, Aug-Sept in Burkina Faso, Jul-Oct in Nigeria and Niger, Sept-Nov in Cameroon, Oct in PRCongo; in DRCongo, Jul-Oct in NE and Jan-Apr in S; Aug-Oct in Sudan, Jul-Oct in Ethiopia, Jun-Aug in Uganda, May-Sept in Kenya, Jun in Tanzania, Mar-May in Angola, Dec-Mar in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Jan-Feb in Malawi
nsite
placed 15-60 cm above ground in grass less than 1 m tall, generally in damp or waterlogged area
nbuild
framework woven by male, female continues to add dry grass lining during incubation
colsize
Territorial, but in areas of high density almost colonial
clutch
2-3 eggs (average 2.6 in Zimbabwe)
eggcolour
pale green, heavily speckled with brown
eggsize
average size of 25 eggs 18.9 x 13.8 mm (Zimbabwe)
incub
incubation by female only, in captivity period 12-14 days
chicks
chicks usually fed by female only (wild male seen to feed once), nestling period 15 days

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 25265

Vm 25264

Vm 24324

Vm 24323

Vm 24322

Vm 18780

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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18780, Congo (DRC), Kashobwe road, de Cauwer R
24322, Congo (DRC), kafubu Lodge/farm , de Cauwer R
24323, Congo (DRC), kafubu Lodge/farm , de Cauwer R
24324, Congo (DRC), kafubu Lodge/farm , de Cauwer R
25264, Congo (DRC), kafubu Lodge/farm , de Cauwer R
25265, Congo (DRC), kafubu Lodge/farm , de Cauwer R

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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First PHOWN record for Yellow-mantled Widowbird (2016-02-11)
Weaver Wednesday [133] - Discovery [16]: Yellow-mantled Widowbird (2014-12-30)
Weaver Wednesday [98]: Yellow-mantled Widowbird (2014-04-30)