Ploceus ocularis A. Smith, 1828, Eastern Cape = Grahamstown, South Africa.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Tisserin а lunettes; German: Brillenweber; Spanish: Tejedor Moteado.
5.9–6.3 in (15–16 cm); female 0.7–1.0 oz (21–30 g), male 0.8–1.1 oz (22–32 g). Greenish yellow weaver with slender, dark bill and dark “spectacle” line through the eye. Eyes pale cream. Male has dark bib on the throat, lacking in female. Juvenile lacks spectacle line or bib, eye brown, bill pale brown.
Cameroon east to Sudan, Ethiopia, south to northern Namibia, northern Botswana, and eastern South Africa.
Open woodland, forest edge, thickets, and gardens.
Singly or in pairs throughout the year, family groups after breeding. May join mixed-species flocks of insectivorous birds. Territorial, calling regularly, a descending “tee-tee-tee-tee.”
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Mainly insectivorous, gleaning leaves and branches and probing bark. Also takes berries, small geckos, nectar, and bread and chicken feed in gardens.
Nests are finely woven, suspended singly from tip of vegetation, with entrance tunnel 4 in (10 cm) long. Lays one to four eggs, usually two to three, in spring to summer in different regions. Incubation 13–14 days, fledging 15–19 days. Both sexes incubate and feed young. Occasionally parasitized by Diederik cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius).
Not threatened. Widespread over large area, occurs in manmodified habitats such as suburban gardens.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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