Weaver, Taveta Golden
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.
Class: Bird (Aves)
Range: Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa
Habitat: Swamp vegetation and open acacia woodland
Wild Diet: Grass, seeds
Zoo Diet: Small seeds vegetables and fruits
Gregarious, nesting in large colonies.
Kenya: October to May; Tanzania: September to January. Nests are suspended over water in reed beds.
Gestation: Incubation: 13 days
Litter: Clutch size: Normally 3 eggs
Conservation Status: Least Concern
- Taveta Golden Weavers are difficult to identify from other yellow weaver finches.