The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Village Weaver

Afrikaans name: Bontrugwewer - Ploceus cucullatus

Village Weaver

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This commonly encountered weaver is often referred to as Spotted-backed Weaver. The Village Weaver is a very common species over the eastern regions of South Africa.

In summer the males are very handsome with their yellow plumage and their black masks. Females are more of a brownish-yellow and lack the black mask.

In South Africa there are two other species of weaver where the males may be confused with the Village Weaver. They are the Southern Masked Weaver and Lesser Masked Weaver.

Weavers are well known for the nests that they weave. Village Weavers nest in colonies in trees or in reeds. Female Village Weavers lay 2 to 3 eggs.

They feed on seeds and grain. They are common visitors to bird feeders along the eastern coast of South Africa.

Male Village Weaver

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - A male Village Weaver in breeding plumage

Below - A female Village Weaver


Female Village Weaver

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Female Village Weaver going for a splash

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Above - A female Village Weaver takes a vigorous bath in my bird bath. Village Weavers are common in gardens in many areas and will always be visitors to feeders.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 180

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 199

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 339

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 110

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 384

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 420

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 719

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 554

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 721

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 566

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 429

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 412

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 112

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 111

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 412

Know your Garden Birds - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 14

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 304

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 255

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 79

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 208

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 138

Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 44

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 107

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 299

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 25

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 25

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 110

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 271

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 212

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 115

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