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Olive-headed Weaver Ploceus olivaceiceps

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

Vm 30210

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 11

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
1 - 1.0 - 1 (n=1)Solitary nester
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
tree - 9

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Oct in Zambia, Sept-Oct in Malawi and Aug-Oct in Mozambique

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, pair-members remaining together throughout year
Oct in Zambia, Sept-Oct in Malawi and Aug-Oct in Mozambique
attached to branch being utilized as a base on underside of thick branches (not outer twigs), up to 18 m above ground and mostly near crown of tree
built by both sexes
Solitary nester
2-3 eggs
plain turquoise-blue or white
average size of three eggs 20 x 15 mm (Malawi)
incubation by both sexes, but male only occasionally sitting, no information on duration of incubation period
chicks fed by both sexes, female contributing more than male, no information on duration of nestling period

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records

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Vm 30210

Vm 30209

Vm 14543

Vm 14542

Vm 13913

Vm 1989

Vm 1420

Vm 1419

Vm 1418

Vm 1417

Vm 819

List of all PHOWN records for this species

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819, 2009-11-8,0,Mozambique, Narrow sandy road from Panda, en route to lake Njakobango, in forest with lots of Old Mans Beard, Mynhardt R; Maans Booysen;Lesley Ryan, tree
1417, 2011-8-14,0,Mozambique, Road SW of Panda , Marais E, tree
1418, 2011-7-2,0,Mozambique, Down side road some 14km from Panda. S24 07 41.7 E34 37 18.5, Marais E, tree
1419, 2010-8-14,0,Mozambique, 44 km west of Panda 2 km s of Luanze Swamp S24 07 50.0 E34 18 00.7, Marais E, tree
1420, 2010-8-14,0,Mozambique, Near Jefeca, Marais E, tree
1989, 2010-5-25,1,Mozambique, +/- 10 kms from Panda, Furlong R.L.; Jenny Furlong , tree
13913, 2012-1-14,0,Mozambique, Panda, Booysen M., tree
14542, 2009-11-8,0,Mozambique, Panda, Booysen M., tree
14543, 2009-11-8,0,Mozambique, Panda, Booysen M., tree
30209, 2007-9-7,0,South Africa, Private farm, Booysen M.,
30210, 2007-9-7,0,South Africa, Private farm, Booysen M.,

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

The headers below refer to Weaver News items featuring PHOWN and this species. Click on a header to see the News item, which includes the full news item. (The number in brackets is the date that the news item appeared on Weaver Watch).

Weaver Wednesday [216] - Discovery [99]: Olive-headed Weaver (2016-08-03)
Weaver Wednesday [53]: Olive-headed Weaver (2013-06-19)