Drepanoplectes jacksoni Sharpe, 1891, Kikuyu, Kenya.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Jackson’s widow, Jackson’s dancing whydah; French: Euplecte de Jackson; German: Leierschwanzwida; Spanish: Obispo de Jackson.
5.5 in (14 cm) with long tail 11.4 in (29 cm); female 1.0–1.5 oz (29–42 g), male 1.4–1.7 oz (40–49 g). Breeding male black with
Gregarious, roosting in reedbeds and breeding there. Flocks move daily up to 19 mi (30 km) to forage when not breeding.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Fruit, seeds, including large, hard-shelled seeds, and insects. In non-breeding season often forages in forest, feeding on fruit in canopy, also on the ground.
Colonial, some males polygynous. Nest highly distinctive, woven of very fine reed strips, slung between upright stems, with large side entrance. Built by male; once female accepts nest, male reduces entrance to a narrow circular hole. Female lines nest. Lays two to five eggs in summer. Incubation 14–16 days, fledging 19–22 days. Female alone incubates, feeds young.
Not threatened; widespread and range expanding in some areas such as Zimbabwe and South Africa.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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