Weavers in Entebbe, 9-16 July 2017

Entebbe probably has the highest diversity of weaver species anywhere on the planet. I joined Dayo Osinubi in a trip to Entebbe. Dayo is working on intra-African migrants, particularly some kingfishers and cuckoos, and i wanted to ring some weavers. We stayed at UWEC, the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, previously called the Entebbe Zoo. Bird ringing was conducted at UWEC (10-11 July), Entebbe Botanic Gardens (12 July), Hairy Lemon island near Jinja (trip report, 13 July), Kajjansi Fish Farm (14 July), Mabamba swamp (15 July), and UWEC (15 July).

Weavers ringed

Spectacled Weaver

Village Weaver

Slender-billed Weaver male

Slender-billed Weaver female

Black-necked Weaver female

Orange Weaver male

Orange Weaver female

Orange Weaver juvenile

Northern Brown-throated Weaver male

Northern Brown-throated Weaver female

Golden-backed Weaver male

Golden-backed Weaver female

Black-headed (Yellow-backed) Weaver male

Black-headed (Yellow-backed) Weaver female

Entebbe Weaver Ploceus victoriae male

Entebbe Weaver, retrap few days later

Ringing totals

Species English Latin n
161 Little Banded Goshawk (Shikra) Accipiter badius 1
390 Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus 1
394 Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 1
397 Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata 1
437 Yellow-fronted Tinker Barbet Pogoniulus chrysoconus 1
545 Dark-capped (Black-eyed) Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus 3
628 Grey-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera brevicaudata 1
771 Collared Sunbird Anthreptes collaris 1
777 Yellow White-eye Zosterops senegalensis 1
781 Entebbe Weaver Ploceus victoriae 1
791 Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis 6
797 Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus 14
835 Jameson's Firefinch Lagonosticta rhodopareia 1
1065 Slender-billed Weaver Ploceus pelzelni 57
1117 Olive-bellied Sunbird Nectarinia [Cinnyris] chloropygia [chloropygius] 1
1165 Red-bellied (Black-headed) Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer 1
1168 African Thrush Turdus pelios 2
1187 Black-necked Weaver Ploceus nigricollis 1
1422 Double-toothed Barbet Lybius bidentatus 2
2574 Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat Cossypha niveicapilla 1
2608 Northern (Western) Black-Flycatcher Melaenornis edolioides 1
3170 Grey-capped Warbler Eminia lepida 3
3638 Red-chested Sunbird Nectarinia [Cinnyris] erythrocerca [erythrocercus] 3
3888 Orange Weaver Ploceus aurantius 15
3904 Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops 5
3916 Golden-backed Weaver Ploceus jacksoni 8
3922 Black-headed (Yellow-backed) Weaver Ploceus melanocephalus 14
4082 Western Citril Serinus [citrinelloides] frontalis 1
  TOTALS   148

Dayo also ringed several kigfishers and cuckoos.

Weaver colonies

Most weavers had recently completed breeding by July. In the Entebbe Botanic Gardens there was an active mixed colony of Orange and Slender-billed Weavers.

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Orange Weaver in colony
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Slender-billed Weaver in colony

At Mabamba swamp the well-known Weyns's Weavers were seen, feeding on fruit in flocks. Breeding was completed, but many old nests were present which the guide said belonged to this species.

Weyns's Weaver male
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Weyns's Weaver nests


Thanks to UWEC for hosting us!