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Rufous-tailed Weaver Histurgops ruficaudus

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PHOWN priorities: none yet

Most recent PHOWN record for this species (recent thumbnails and full species listing at end of this web page):

Vm 11331

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 13

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
4 - 12.2 - 23 (n=9)up to 30 nests in one tree
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
tree - 13

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
in May-Jun, Aug and Oct-Feb

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.

Monogamous; colonial
in May-Jun, Aug and Oct-Feb
placed 1.5-4 m above ground in gall acacia (e.g. Acacia drepanolobium or Acacia tortilis)
up to 30 nests in one tree
pale blue with grey and brown streaks and scrawls, markings sometimes forming wreath at thick end
average size 27.3 x 17.3 mm
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Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records

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Vm 11331

Vm 9896

Vm 5716

Vm 5673

Vm 5602

Vm 5245

Vm 5244

Vm 5183

Vm 4004

Vm 3821

Vm 3740

Vm 2471

Vm 2365

List of all PHOWN records for this species

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2365, 2011-11-29,0,Tanzania, outside Tarangire, Beale C, tree
2471, 2012-6-15,0,Tanzania, Tarangire National Park, Eggert Ron, tree
3740, 2012-11-6,5,Tanzania, Sabora Plains, Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti, Harris Ann, tree
3821, 2012-10-17,4,Tanzania, Arusha to Tarangire , Oschadleus HD, tree
4004, 2012-11-21,18,Tanzania, Grumeti Reserves, Harris Ann, tree
5183, 2013-2-17,22,Tanzania, Serengeti, Harris Ann, tree
5244, 2013-3-2,5,Tanzania, Grumeti Reserves, Harris Ann, tree
5245, 2013-3-2,23,Tanzania, Grumeti Reserves, Harris Ann, tree
5602, 2013-4-23,10,Tanzania, Grumeti Reserves, Harris Ann, tree
5673, 2013-6-6,15,Tanzania, Nyati Plains, Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti, Harris Ann, tree
5716, 2013-6-9,8,Tanzania, Sabora/Nyasarora fire break, Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti, Harris Ann, tree
9896, 2014-5-2,0,Tanzania, South of Arusha, Peterson, Daudi, tree
11331, 1929-6-0,0,Tanzania, Ikoma region, Serengeti, Bowen WW, tree

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday [199] - Discovery [82]: Rufous-tailed Weaver (2016-04-06)
Weaver Wednesday [15]: Rufous-tailed Weaver (2012-09-26)
First PHOWN record for Rufous-tailed Weaver (2012-05-13)