Eastern Golden Weaver
The Eastern Golden Weaver (Ploceus subaureus) or Yellow Weaver as it was once known is a small generally golden yellow (as the name suggests) weaver of the genus Ploceus and found in found in South and Eastern Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Malawi, Swaziland,). The Eastern Golden Weaver is similar in size 15cm (6in) and weighing approximately 31g (1.1oz) as many of the African weavers, like the Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) or the Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius).
In breeding plumage the male Eastern Golden Weaver is a beautiful golden yellow colour with a bright red eye and black bill, females tend to have slightly paler yellow underparts with brownish bills and eyes. Although generally sedentary (non migrant) the Eastern Golden Weaver is often found in flocks around reed beds, dams and estuaries often adjacent to woodland.
During breeding season (July - February) the Eastern Golden Weaver as most weavers of Ploceus, nest in colonies, sometimes nesting with with other weaver species. It is also thought that the male is suspected of living a polygamous life style at this time. The Eastern Golden Weaver nest is sometimes exploited and parasitised by the Diederik Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius)
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