Weaver news

New weaver species for Egypt

2011-06-11 (115)

This month a record of a Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus was accepted for Egypt. The bird was seen at Abu Simbel (near southern border of Egypt), Lake Nasser, on 2006-05-01, see here and choose 'June 2011'. The origin of the weaver is unknown and the closest normal distribution is over 900 km away in Sudan.

One other weaver species occurs in Egypt: the Streaked Weaver Ploceus manyar (see full species list here). The Streaked Weaver was introduced to the Nile Delta in the 1970s and appears to be resident.
Map showing Abu Simbel in Egypt.