Golden Palm Weaver (Ploceus bojeri)

Appearance
Golden Palm Weavers are small, 5.5" (14cm) birds. The male is a brilliant yellow, with a vivid orange head and throat. His lower throat has a patch of red-ish orange. His bill is all black when breeding, otherwise the lower mandible is yellow. The female's upperparts are dark yellow with indistinct black streaks and her underparts are yellow. Both sexes have brown eyes in good light, otherwise looking black. They have pink legs and feet.

Habits
Golden Palm Weavers are gregarious birds, mostly breeding in small colonies and often in the company of African Golden Weavers. They build very strong, round nests made out of grass and strips of palm leaves, with an entrance at the bottom, typically suspended beneath a palm leaf.

Diet
Golden Palm Weavers eat mostly seed and occasionally insects or fruit.

Resident
Golden Palm Weavers are fairly common residents of the Kenyan coast, from Lamu to the Tanzanian border. Also found in the dense shrubbery along the Athi and Tana Rivers, up to Meru & Samburu National Parks.

Extra Golden Palm Weaver Facts
Golden Palm Weavers are considered to be a pest in some areas, due to the crops of maize they eat.
Golden Palm Weavers occasionally destroy others' nests, especially when space is at a premium.

Photographs
Photographed at Kenya's Diani Beach.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:bird, golden palm weaver, kenya, weaver, weaver bird, wildlife

Golden Palm Weaver ~ Weaving

A male Golden Palm Weaver, weaving a nest out of strips of palm leaf.

Golden Palm Weaver ~ Singing

Male Golden Palm Weaver, weaving a nest, stops to give a song.

Golden Palm Weaver ~ Female

Female Golden Weaver Bird, perched in a tree.  She was watching males build nests.