Taveta Golden Weaver - Ploceus castaneiceps
It is found in Kenya and Tanzania.
Males are bright yellow with greenish wings and tail, and chestnut patches on the nape and chest. They keep their bright plumage all year. Females are yellowish-olive with dusky streaks and pale yellow underparts. They have a yellow stripe above each eye.
Small birds-about the size of a finch
Nest in large colonies
Approximately 20 years
In the wild, they eat seeds of grass and corn.
Males build woven nests, sometimes with several chambers and a long entrance tunnel. Females line the inside of the nest with grass or other soft material. Sometimes a single pair builds their own nest, or pairs may join together to build a large, elaborate nest with many apartment-like chambers. They lay 2-3 olive green eggs in each clutch. Females catch insects or other live prey to feed to their chicks.
They have a stable conservation status. The IUCN lists Taveta Golden Weavers as "least concern".
- Weavers get their name by the elaborate woven nests that they build
- Very noisy birds that chatter constantly
- It builds spherical grass nests, usually suspended over water.
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