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Fan-tailed Widowbird Euplectes axillaris(species text)
PHOWN priorities: none yet
No of records in PHOWN for this species: 12
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=2)||up to eight nests in a teritory of 0.6 ha|
Nest siteType of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
|other - 1|
reed - 5
PHOWN Records per month for this species
|Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15||Sept-Oct in W Africa, Aug in Sudan, Sept-Oct in Ethiopia and Aug-Oct in Somalia; in all months except Jan, primarily Mar-Jul, in Uganda; in DRCongo, Aug-Oct in N and Jan-Mar in S; Nov-Dec and Feb-Jun in Rwanda, Apr-Jul in Kenya, Mar in Tanzania, Jan-Apr in Angola, Jan-Mar in Zambia and Dec-Mar in Malawi; one Mar record for Zimbabwe; 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.
Sept-Oct in W Africa, Aug in Sudan, Sept-Oct in Ethiopia and Aug-Oct in Somalia; in all months except Jan, primarily Mar-Jul, in Uganda; in DRCongo, Aug-Oct in N and Jan-Mar in S; Nov-Dec and Feb-Jun in Rwanda, Apr-Jul in Kenya, Mar in Tanzania, Jan-Apr in Angola, Jan-Mar in Zambia and Dec-Mar in Malawi; one Mar record for Zimbabwe; Oct-Mar in South Africa
usually 60-80 cm above ground, sometimes only l0 cm from ground in shorter grass tufts
male weaves frame, female then adds dense lining
up to eight nests in a teritory of 0.6 ha
2-3 eggs (mean 2.8 in South Africa)
pale blue-green, irregularly marked with large olive-brown spots, or grey-green with interlaced brown flecks, or olive-green with sparse brown markings, or grey-white with overlying brown streaks and blotches
average size of 69 eggs 19.7 x 14.1 mm (South Africa)
incubation by female only, period 12-14 days
chicks fed by female only, faecal sacs dropped 100 m from nest, nestling period 15-16 days; in captivity, young fed by female for 14 days after leaving nest
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14708, 1,Mozambique, Inhaca Island, Nhaquene swamp, Oschadleus HD; Chris Lotz
15809, 0,South Africa, Malton, Craig,Adrian
15810, 0,South Africa, Malton, Craig,Adrian
15811, 0,South Africa, Malton, Craig,Adrian
15814, 1,South Africa, not sure, I will ask for further information, Famofan Jonathan
28563, 0,South Africa, Kei Mouth, Herselman Tino
100343, 0,Angola, R. Numpaca (Mupanda), F Nobrega
100344, 0,Angola, R. Numpaca (Mupanda), J. Domingos
100345, 0,Angola, Tundavala, J. Domingos
100346, 0,Angola, Mucanca, D. Mumputo
100347, 0,Angola, Chibia, Pereira, Ferreira
100348, 0,Angola, Nongombe, D. Mumputo
All PHOWN news items relating to this speciesThe 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  - Range changes : Fan-tailed Widowbird (2017-06-07)
Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Fan-tailed Widowbird (2015-06-17)
Weaver Wednesday : Fan-tailed Widowbird (2014-01-29)