Weavers ploceidae

The Weaver Birds or Weaver Finches (Ploceidae) are small birds that are named for their elaborately woven nests, which are - in fact - the most elaborate of any birds.    This group is divided into the buffalo, sparrow, typical, and widow weavers.


Distribution / Range

Most occur naturally in, sub-Saharan Africa. A few species exist in tropical Asia and in Australia.



The Weavers have strong, rounded, conical bills. Males are brightly colored, usually in red or yellow and black.

Some species show variation in color only in the breeding season.

Jackson's Widowbird'

Finn's Weaver, Male

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