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Weavers with white eggs

There are 9 species of weavers that usually only lay pure white eggs. Plain white eggs are thought to be the ancestral colour for bird eggs (Kilner 2006a). Many other weavers lay eggs with a variety of colours, so some individuals may lay pure white eggs, but other individual females lay eggs of other colours or eggs that are white and have markings.

The list below includes the Asian weavers, one fody, two malimbes, and the Sitagra weavers (although the eggs of the Loango Weaver are still undescribed).

Lesser Masked Weaver eggs

Weavers with white eggs:

Finn's Weaver Ploceus megarhynchus
Black-breasted Weaver Ploceus benghalensis
Streaked Weaver Ploceus manyar
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus

Seychelles Fody Foudia sechellarum

Cassin's Malimbe Malimbus cassini
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus

Little Weaver Ploceus luteolus
Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius

Weavers with eggs that are usually white but sometimes have some markings:

Asian Golden Weaver Ploceus hypoxanthus - greyish-white, sometimes with a few spots,
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis - pure white, sometimes with reddish spots,
Slender-billed Weaver Ploceus pelzelni - pure white, sometimes pinkish, rarely with fine dark spots.