Grey-capped Social Weaver (Pseudonigrita arnaudi)
aka Grey-headed Social Weaver

Grey-capped Social Weavers are tiny, 4.5" (11cm) birds, with unmistakable cream-grey caps and extremely short tails with off-white tips. Both are diagnostic plumage features that separate it from other Weavers and Sparrows, although the Grey-headed Sparrow looks similar at first sight. Grey-capped Social Weavers are a brownish-grey bird and the birds in the west of Kenya (Mara GR) also have silver-grey mantles. The brown eyes have a white eye-ring. The short, thick, conical bill is black. Legs and feet are pink.

Grey-capped Social Weavers are gregarious birds, often found in colonies of over 100 birds. All of which can sound cacophonous, with their "chew-chew-chew" calls being made at different times.

Grey-capped Social Weavers commonly eat on the ground and are omnivorous, eating mostly seeds, but also ants, termites, caterpillars and occasionally small grasshoppers.

Grey-capped Social Weavers are found in western Kenya, below 1,400 metres. Mostly seen in open acacia woods and bush, in dry areas.
Pseudonigrita arnaudi arnaudi, with a plain brownish-grey back, are found in and to the east of the Rift Valley and Pseudonigrita arnaudi dorsalis, with a silver-grey mantle, are found in the Mara GR.

Extra Grey-capped Social Weaver Facts
The Grey-capped Social Weaver's nest is an untidy bundle of dry grass, often found on Whistling Thorn Acacia trees and has two entrance holes underneath. One hole only being open during fledging. Two or three pairs of birds sometimes make one large nest, that is shared. Thus their name - Social Weavers.

Photographed at Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

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Grey-capped Social Weaver ~ Portrait

Portrait of a Grey-capped Social Weaver, standing side-on to the camera on grassland.

Grey-capped Social Weaver ~ On Acacia

A Grey-capped Social Weaver (Pseudonigrita arnaudi dorsalis) perched in Acacia.

Grey-capped Social Weaver ~ Feeding

Grey-capped Social Weaver (Pseudonigrita arnaudi dorsalis), feeding on the ground in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

Grey-capped Social Weaver ~ Immature

Immature Grey-capped Social Weaver, perched on Acacia tree.

Grey-capped Social Weaver ~ Nest

Grey-capped Social Weaver and its nest made from dry grasses, built in an Acacia tree.

Grey-capped Social Weaver ~ Catching Termite

A Grey-capped (headed) Social Weaver, catching a termite from rotting wood.