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Southern masked weaver

Ploceus velatus


Sparrow sized bird. Male in breeding attire (portrayed here) is typically bright yellow, with a well defined black mask covering the face, but not the crown. ... ; and extending downwards forming a short bib. The edge of the crown touching the mask can be red-brown. Bright red eyes, black strong conical bill, and red-brown legs.


Widely distributed weaver throughout Southern Africa. Present in many various habitats - from savanna to urban settings. Here, observed in Mukuvisi woodlands, a protected savanna area in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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1 Comment

Nayeli 2 years ago

Great series!

Zlatan Celebic
Spotted by
Zlatan Celebic

Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe

Spotted on Jan 20, 2018
Submitted on Jan 22, 2018

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