Weaver species category

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Wetland weavers

Weavers are not usually considered as wetland birds, yet several species are dependant on wetlands for at least the breeding part of their life-cycle. Many weaver species may nest over water but also breed away from water, and these species are not included here. A high proportion of nests in reeds versus trees is a good guide to how important wetlands are for particular species (see here), but this does not always work. The Holub's Golden Weaver, for instance, usually breeds in trees, but invariably trees that are next to rivers or other wetlands.

Forest weavers that breed in swamps/reeds:
Thick-billed Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons
Clarke's Weaver Ploceus golandi
Weyns's Weaver Ploceus weynsi

Forest habitats near swamps:
Slender-billed Weaver Ploceus pelzelni

Swamp weavers with core range in Central Africa:
Southern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus xanthopterus
Tanganyika Masked Weaver Ploceus reichardi
Lufira Masked Weaver Ploceus ruweti
Katanga Masked Weaver Ploceus katangae
Kilombero Weaver Ploceus burnieri

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Weavers of other wetland habitat types:
Eastern Golden Weaver Ploceus subaureus
Holub's Golden Weaver Ploceus xanthops
Orange Weaver Ploceus aurantius
Taveta Golden Weaver Ploceus castaneiceps
Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops
Golden-backed Weaver Ploceus jacksoni
Fox's Weaver Ploceus spekeoides
Bocage's Weaver Ploceus temporalis
Golden Palm Weaver Ploceus bojeri
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix

Damp or flooded grasslands:
Cinnamon Weaver Ploceus badius
Yellow-crowned Bishop Euplectes afer
Fan-tailed Widowbird Euplectes axillaris
Marsh Widowbird Euplectes hartlaubi
Streaked Weaver Ploceus manyar

Large river systems:
Bob-tailed Weaver Brachycope anomala - Congo River
Kilombero Weaver Ploceus burnieri - Kilombero River
Ruvu Weaver Ploceus holoxanthus - Ruvu River (was Kingani River)
Cinnamon Weaver Ploceus badius - Nile River
Lufira Masked Weaver Ploceus ruweti - Lufira River and its lakes
Yellow-backed (Black-headed) Weaver Ploceus melanocephalus - Niger, Congo, other rivers
Northern Masked Weaver Ploceus taeniopterus - Nile River