The Cape Weaver (Ploceus capensis) is endemic to South Africa.
This common species occurs in grassland, agricultural and fynbos habitats, often near rivers. In breeds in noisy colonies in trees (often willows or Eucalyptus, rarely palms) and reedbeds.
The Cape Weaver measures 17 cm lin length. The upper plumage is streaked olive-brown. It has a long pointed conical bill.
The breeding male has a yellow head and underparts, an orange face, and a white iris.
The adult female has an olive-yellow head and breast, shading to pale yellow on the lower belly. Her eyes are brown.
Young birds are similar to the female.
Nesting / Breeding
Diet / Feeding
The Cape Weaver feeds on a wide variety of seeds, grain and insects.
The Cape Weaver's call ahas been described as a harsh azwit, azwit.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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