The Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) is a common small African bird. The Layard’s Weaver, or Layard’s Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus nigriceps) is primarily native to eastern Africa.
The Layard’s Village Weaver has a black head with a chestnut edge. Its body is yellow with black feathers. Its belly is yellow. Its legs are pink. It has a thick grey-black beak and red eyes.
It measures about 17 centimetres (7 inches) tall.
The Village Weaver is widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa, except for the very dry regions. The Layard’s Village Weaver is native to south-eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, eastern Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, northern Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Angola.
It prefers open or semi-open habitats, woodlands, and urban areas.
The Layard’s Village Weaver feeds on seeds, grain, and insects. They feed in large groups, looking for food on the ground, but sometimes in trees.
The Layard’s Village Weaver has a woven nest of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance. Males make the nest, while females line the inside of the nest. The nest is made in a tree near other Village Weaver nests. They nest in colonies with 8-100 nests in one tree. Females lay 2-3 eggs.
Location of photographs: Mombasa, Kenya
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM