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Black-capped Social Weaver Pseudonigrita cabanisi

(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 28572

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 8

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
12 - 31.3 - 80 (n=4)up to 60 nests in adjoining trees
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
tree - 8

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Feb-May; also Dec-Jan and Aug-Sept in Kenya

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; thought likely to be co-operative breeder. Colonial
Feb-May; also Dec-Jan and Aug-Sept in Kenya
placed c. 2 m above gromd in tree such as Delonix, Acacia mellifera, Acacia tortilis or tree euphorbia (Euphotbia), often near end of pendant branch, adjacent nests sometimes merging into apparent compound structure
both sexes add material throughout year
up to 60 nests in adjoining trees
white or pinkish, with brown and violet markings
size 19 x 14 mm
in captivity, young fed by breeding pair and additional adult
No information

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records

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Vm 28572

Vm 9892

Vm 9618

Vm 5112

Vm 2475

Vm 2028

Vm 727

Vm 714

List of all PHOWN records for this species

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714, 2011-3-31,80,Ethiopia, on the road tavelling towards Negele , Van Vuuren A; S Swarts, Abiye Dagne, tree
727, 2011-3-31,18,Ethiopia, Rural, remote, subsistence farming, mostly livestock., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts, Abiye Dagne, tree
2028, 2012-3-6,0,Tanzania, The Maasai Steppe East of The Pangani River at 03-95594 / 37-32689, Oliver, Paul, tree
2475, 2010-11-18,12,Tanzania, Maasai Steppe, Anderson Jason, tree
5112, 2013-1-12,0,Tanzania, Shambarai swamp edge , Peterson, Daudi, tree
9618, 2014-4-16,15,Ethiopia, Between Neghele and Yabello, Ethiopia, Ainsley J., tree
9892, 2014-5-2,0,Tanzania, On the Maasai Steppe, Peterson, Daudi, tree
28572, 2019-2-26,0,Ethiopia, Yabello, Booysen M., tree

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday [196] - Discovery [79]: Black-capped Social Weaver (2016-03-16)
Weaver Wednesday [6]: Black-capped Social Weaver (2012-07-25)