Weavers (Ploceidae)

Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) - HBW 15, p. 169

French: Tisserin baya German: Bayaweber Spanish: Tejedor Baya
Other common names: Indian/Common Weaver, (Indian) Baya; Eastern Baya Weaver (E races)

Taxonomy: Loxia philippina Linnaeus, 1766, Philippines; error = Sri Lanka.
Old report of hybridization in captivity with P. manyar. Race burmanicus intergrades with nominate in NE Indian Subcontinent. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • philippinus ( Linnaeus, 1766) - Pakistan (mostly on Indus floodplain), most of India (except SW), S Nepal and Sri Lanka.
  • travancoreensis Ali & Whistler, 1936 - SW India (from Goa S to Kerala and Travancore).
  • burmanicus Ticehurst, 1932 - NE India (West Bengal, Assam), S Bhutan, Bangladesh, N Myanmar and extreme S China (SW Yunnan).

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  • philippinus ( Linnaeus, 1766) - Pakistan (mostly on Indus floodplain), most of India (except SW), S Nepal and Sri Lanka.
  • travancoreensis Ali & Whistler, 1936 - SW India (from Goa S to Kerala and Travancore).
  • burmanicus Ticehurst, 1932 - NE India (West Bengal, Assam), S Bhutan, Bangladesh, N Myanmar and extreme S China (SW Yunnan).
  • angelorum Deignan, 1956 - N & C Thailand E to S Laos.
  • infortunatus E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 - S Myanmar (Tenasserim), W & S Thailand, S Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Nias I, and (apparently almost extinct) Java and Bali.