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'Golden' weavers in East Africa

2013-05-04 (361)

Click on photo to see a brief account of the species
Adult male 'golden' weavers:

Golden Palm Weaver

Eye dark, extensive orange on head
Taveta Golden Weaver

Eye brown, orange crescent on head
Eastern Golden Weaver

Eye red, face orange

Adult female 'golden' weavers:

Golden Palm Weaver

Yellow below, back lightly streaked
Taveta Golden Weaver
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Yellow below, back heavily streaked
Eastern Golden Weaver

Eye reddish, belly white

golden weavers map

Google Earth Map left, based on maps from Birds of Africa):
green - Golden Palm Weaver
red - Taveta Golden Weaver
yellow - Eastern Golden Weaver
blue - Holub's Golden Weaver

Note that Golden and Taveta Palm Weavers do not overlap in range, but both overlap with Eastern Golden Weaver.

The greatest diversity of weaver species is in East Africa. There are several 'golden' weavers and these can be tricky to identify. The three species shown here all have small colonies. Golden Palm Weavers nest mostly in trees (especially palms), and Taveta Golden Weavers nest mostly in reeds (sometimes in trees low over water); Eastern Golden Weavers nest in a wide variety of sites, including trees and reeds.

Other similar weaver species are:

Holub's Golden Weaver - not illustrated here but is easy to distinguish from these weavers by its heavy bill and pale eye; it has minimal overlap in range with the 3 species shown above.

Orange Weaver - West Africa to Lake Victoria, overlaps with Holub's Golden Weaver, but not with the other weavers shown here.