Dark-backed or Forest Weaver

Ploceus bicolor

This forest weaver with its golden yellow underparts and blackish-brown upperparts, resides in dense woodland and forest along the east coast of southern Africa.

I first recorded this species in December 2009 while visiting our family in Ocean View on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal and since then have seen it on a number of occasions in the nearby Umdoni Forest. This weaver’s shrill call makes it fairly easy to locate in the thick forest canopy, where it often joins bird parties.


Dark-backed or Forest Weaver / Benvie Farm, Karkloof, South Africa / September 2019 Forest or Dark-backed Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Forest or Dark-backed Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Forest Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, Wild Coast / 11 September 2013 Hluhluwe-5-155 Forest or Dark-backed Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Forest or Dark-backed Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Forest or Dark-backed Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Forest or Dark-backed Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Dark-backed or Forest Weaver (Bicolor) – Female / Umdoni Forest, KZN, South Africa / 14 May 2011 Forest or Dark-backed Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Forest or Dark-backed Weaver / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013
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