Southern Brown-throated Weaver

Ploceus xanthopterus

This bright yellow weaver is easy to distinguish from other species as it has a distinctive brown bib confined to its face and neck. Confined to the north east coast of South Africa, it is always a treat to connect with this species within our borders.

We first recorded this photogenic weaver in December 2011 while looking for baillon’s crake at the Sappi bird hide in Stanger. We were lucky enough to see both the crake and the weaver. This is a very reliable spot for this species, as they breed in large colonies here in summer.


Southern Brown-throated Weaver / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 Southern Brown-throated Weaver (female) / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 (Edited) Southern Brown-throated Weaver (female) / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 Southern Brown-throated Weaver / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 (Edited) Southern Brown-throated Weaver / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 Southern Brown-throated Weaver / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 Southern Brown-throated Weaver / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 Southern Brown-throated Weaver / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 Southern Brown-throated Weaver / Sappi Stanger Bird Hide, South Africa / 17 December 2013 (Edited) Southern Brown-throated Weaver  (Marleyi) / Sappi Bird Hide, Stanger, KZN, South Africa / 28 December 2011 Southern Brown-throated Weaver (Marleyi) / Sappi Bird Hide, Stanger, KZN, South Africa Southern Brown-throated Weaver  (Marleyi) / Sappi Bird Hide, Stanger, KZN, South Africa / 28 December 2011
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