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Black-headed Weaver  (Ploceus melanocephalus)  07-04-2017 | by Brian Carruthers-Dublin-Eire
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Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus) 07-04-2017

San Lorenzo Golf Course

Male @main pond

Quinta do Lago, 8135-162 Almancil, Portugal

 

Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Aves

Order:Passeriformes

Family:Ploceidae

Genus:Ploceus

Species:P. melanocephalus

Binomial name

Ploceus melanocephalus

 

It occurs in West, Central and East Africa, but it has also been introduced to the Iberian Peninsula. It is found in savanna and similar habitats, typically near water.

 

Breeding males have a black head and yellow nuchal collar, which is absent in the golden-backed and Juba and golden-backed weavers. It also differs from the latter species and village weaver by its plain, greenish mantle plumage.

The pale yellow underpart plumage is suffused with a variable amount of chestnut.

 

The female and non-breeding male lack the black head, and resemble a female masked weaver, except that they have dark eyes and a darker bill. Their buffy breast plumage also distinguishes them from non-breeding golden-backed weavers

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Taken on April 7, 2017