The male Taveta golden weaver works on an intricately woven nest suspended over an African stream. His weaving prowess draws the attention of females who may choose him as a mate.
This small bird, about 5.5 inches long, is bright yellow overall with greenish yellow backs and tails. The yellow wings are tinged with rusty black bars. From other similar colored weaver birds, the back of its head and breast patches of light orange-red are its distinguishing features. These spots are a feature of the male, it is absent in the females.
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These birds are, in fact, adept weavers. The male taveta golden weaver uses his beak to weave intricate nests. Females pick a mate based on the male's skill at weaving.
Gregarious, nesting in large colonies.
Kenya: October to May; Tanzania: September to January. Nests are suspended over water in reed beds.