Weaver (Ploceidae and Ploceus)

Appearance
There are over 3 dozen species of Weaver and Sparrow-Weaver found in Kenya, some extremely rare. They are all thick-billed and strong-footed birds. Sizes vary from 4.5 - 9" (12 - 23cm) and plumages vary considerably. Most males change plumage at breeding time, enhancing existing colours or changing drastically.

Habits
Some species of Weavers are gregarious when nest-building, others solitary, but all construct intriguingly engineered nests. Males are the primary nest-builders and females all lay spotted eggs. Some species are driven to nest-building, constructing more than one and will even destroy old nests when space is at a premium.

Diet
Weavers mostly eat seeds, although a few also eat insects and fruit.

Resident
Weavers are found all over Kenya, depending only on their food. Many species are found only at certain heights above sea level, others only in 'pockets'.

Extra Weaver Facts
When not breeding, mostly in the dry season, males and females can look very much alike. To confuse matters further, immature birds usually look identical to the female.

Photographs
Photographed at Kenya's Masai Mara, Nairobi, Karen, Diani and Olare Orok Conservancy.

African Golden Weaver

African Golden Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver

Golden Palm Weaver

Golden Palm Weaver

Grey-capped Social Weaver

Grey-capped Social Weaver

Holub's Golden Weaver

Holub's Golden Weaver

Speckle-fronted Weaver

Speckle-fronted Weaver

Village Weaver

Village Weaver