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  Southern Masked-Weaver

      (Masked Weaver)

 

 

Ploceus velatus

(814) 15cill; 34g

M > F.

M (BR) Distinguished from slightly larger Village Weaver by plain (not blotched) back. Separated from smaller Lesser Masked-Weaver by red (not whitish-yellow) eyes, heavier bill, yellow (not black) crown and brownish-pink (not grey) legs.

M (NON-BR)  Lacks black face mask; similar to F with red-brown eyes and considerable variation in shades of plum­age.

F  Yellow-buff above, throat and breast yellowish. Non-br birds paler below with whitish belly.

JUV  Resembles non-br F.

STATUS  Common resident. Gregarious and sedentary, but partially migratory in north-west.

HABITAT  Open savanna, especially Acacia.

FOOD  Insects, seeds, plant material and nectar.

CALL  Series of buzzy swizzling and churring phrases, also sharp zik note.

BR  Polygynous. Solitary or colonial; regularly parasitised by Diderick Cuckoo.

ALT NAME  Masked Weaver.

 

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Wsm001

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Wsm003

Etosha

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Wsm004

Nossob

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Wsm005

Nossob

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Wsm006

Nossob

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Wsm007

Nossob

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Wsm008

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Mk II

 

 

Wsm009

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Mk II 

 

 

 

 

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