Weavers (Ploceidae)

African Golden Weaver (Ploceus subaureus) - HBW 15, p. 161

French: Tisserin jaune German: Goldweber Spanish: Tejedor Dorado Africano
Other common names: (African) Yellow Weaver, (Eastern) Golden Weaver

Taxonomy: Ploceus subaureus A. Smith, 1839, Algoa Bay, South Africa.
Formerly thought to form a superspecies with P. xanthops, but the two differ in breeding behaviour and ecology, and ranges overlap. Proposed race tongensis (described from S Mozambique) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aureoflavus A. Smith, 1839 - SE Kenya (S from R Tana), coastal Tanzania (including Pemba I and Zanzibar), E Malawi and N Mozambique.
  • subaureus A. Smith, 1839 - C & S Mozambique S along coast to extreme E Swaziland and SE South Africa.

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