Holub's Golden Weaver (Poceus xanthops
Holub's Golden Weavers are small, 7" (18cm) birds, although large by Weaver
Males are yellow, with a green tint in their upperparts and the throat & upper breast are tinged with orange. The bill is pure black. Eyes are pale yellow. Feet are a brownish-pink.
Females have a deeper, more olive green tint above and on their faces and have a yellow supercilium (eyebrow). Little or no orange tinge on the throat or upper breast.
Holub's Golden Weavers are often confused with African Golden Weavers
, a smaller bird, with different colour eyes and found in different parts of Kenya to Holub's. Habits
Holub's Golden Weaver are either seen on their own or in family groups. Its nest is very neat, a rounded kidney-shape and usually found overhanging water. Nests are not closely grouped together, like many other Weaver species. Diet
Holub's Golden Weavers, like all other Weavers, have conical bills and are seed-eaters. I have also seen them eating fruit. Resident
Holub's Golden Weavers are common in suburban gardens, cultivated areas and where there is water (swamplands etc;). They are seen in central and western Kenya, from 1,200 - 2,3200 metres. Extra Holub's Golden Weaver Facts
The Holub's Golden Weaver has a call that sounds like a Sparrow's chirp, but with a distinct, short, chattery song "cheche~cheche
" followed by "skeee
Photographed at Kenya's Karen suburb of Nairobi.