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Long-tailed Widowbird Euplectes progne

(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 18975

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 3

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)Inter-nest distance mostly at least 25 m, but nests sometimes clumped within 5 m of each other
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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
120000000000

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Feb in Angola, Dec-Apr in DRCongo, Apr-May in Zambia, Nov-Jan in Kenya, and Oct-Jun (primarily Nov-Feb) 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 with up to five females per male
season
Feb in Angola, Dec-Apr in DRCongo, Apr-May in Zambia, Nov-Jan in Kenya, and Oct-Jun (primarily Nov-Feb) in South Africa
nsite
placed less than 50 cm above ground in tuft of short grass within male territory
nbuild
Nest built by female, usually unaided; male may produce simple nest rings
colsize
Inter-nest distance mostly at least 25 m, but nests sometimes clumped within 5 m of each other
clutch
2-3 eggs
eggcolour
pale greenish or blue-green, heavily speckled with grey or olive-brown
eggsize
average size of 110 eggs 21.6 x 15.7 mm (South Africa)
incub
incubation by female only, period 12-14 days
chicks
chicks fed by female only, c. 1.6 feeds per hour per nestling in study in Kenya, nestling period c. 17 days; fledglings leave nest before fully able to fly

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Vm 18975

Vm 14704

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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14704, South Africa, Wakkerstroom, grassland, Oschadleus HD
18975, South Africa, Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve, Helena area, Pretorius, Morne
100297, Angola, Tundavala, J. Domingos

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday 3 [261] - Range changes [24]: Long-tailed Widowbird (2017-06-14)
Weaver Wednesday [128] - Discovery [11]: Long-tailed Widowbird (2014-11-26)
Weaver Wednesday [82]: Long-tailed Widowbird (2014-01-08)
Eggs of Angolan weavers (2012-07-15)