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Africa is known for its rich bio-diversity, and some species can be exclusively found in Africa and not anywhere else in the world. Taveta weavers are vibrant and colorful songbirds that are acknowledged for their golden yellow feather, distributed in eastern Africa from Tanzania to the southeastern region of Kenya. The golden yellow appearance is the reason why the Taveta weavers are also known as Taveta golden weavers. These birds are frequently confused with the golden palm weavers and Holub’s golden weavers because of their physical characteristics and color but there are distinct traits that differentiate the Taveta golden weavers from the rest of the birds in the weaver family.
To know more about the Taveta golden weavers keep reading this article.
The Taveta golden weavers are a species of bird recognized for their coruscating and quirky golden yellow color.
The Taveta golden weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) belongs to the class Aves, order Passeriformes.
These birds have distributed abundantly, regardless, the exact number of these songbirds is not listed.
The Taveta Golden Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) is widely found in eastern Africa, they inhabit the range from the north-eastern region of Tanzania to the south-eastern region of Tanzania.
The savannah is an amalgamation of the woodland and open terrain, the Taveta weaver is found primarily in the woodlands and swampy areas of Savannah, where they build their nests. These are unique oval nests made up of grasses and leave attached to reeds, trees, or some other plant over water. The nests play a crucial role as the female selects her mating partner based on the nests created by males.
These songbirds prefer living in large colonies.
The average lifespan of the Taveta golden weavers may vary according to their habitat, in the natural habitat they have a lifespan of 10 years, and in captivity, it is around 20 years.
The female selects an eligible male to mate based on his skill to weave nests, the method of reproduction is copulation, after copulating successfully the female lays eggs in the nest.
The conservation of the Taveta golden weavers according to the IUCN is of Least Concern.
The Taveta golden weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) which inhabits in east Africa from Tanzania to Kenya is a bright golden yellow bird, which is frequently confused with other species like the Holub’s golden weavers and the golden palm weavers. The size of these yellow birds is very similar to finches with an average size of 5.5 in (14 cm), the body is covered in golden yellow feathers, but the yellow color on their back is slightly faded from the rest of their body with brown patches on the chest. The eyes and the back of their skull are reddish. Males have a more vibrant yellow color, while females have an olive-yellowish color with paler streaks.
The Taveta weavers reside in colonies, they are implied as songbirds because of their ability to produces different tones which is also a method of communication amongst the species. However, the tone of these birds is not considered as tuneful or soothing especially when the entire flock starts chirping.
Taveta golden weavers are not big birds, these are very identical to the finches and with an average size of 5.5 in (14 cm). It is almost the size of golden palm weavers which is approximately 5.5 in (14 cm).
The accurate speed of these birds found in Kenya and Tanzania is not listed.
The weight of the Taveta golden weavers is around 0.6-0.8 oz ( 17-23 g).
The male birds are known as cock, while females are known as hens. However, any other particular names assigned for the respective genders are not listed.
The exact age when the Taveta weaver attains sexual maturity is not recorded, but the process of reproduction is initiated by males during the breeding season. By flapping its wings rapidly it seizes the attention of females, and females select a mating companion on the ground from the male's skill to build a nest; after mating the female lays eggs in the chosen nests. The interior of the nests are lined with soft grass which enable females to lay their eggs, a female can lay 2-3 eggs per clutch. The eggs are shiny, small, and dark olive color, the incubation period is of 13 days almost after that the eggs are hatched. The newborn is called a chick and depends on their mother for food and after 14 days they fledge from their nest.
The Taveta weaver is an omnivore and the diet of this species mainly consists of seeds, corns, grasses. The chicks, when born, depend on their mother entirely and cannot forage on their own hence, the mother frequently feeds them insects and other invertebrates.
No such incident of them being dangerous has been accounted for yet, these are tiny creatures not capable of inducing extensive harm.
Taveta golden weavers can be observed in various zoos where they live a captive life, However, they are gregarious and prefer living in a flock, separating it from the rest of the flock and its natural habitat without any purpose is not advised. These birds are highly adaptable to its surrounding but it is generous to leave them in their natural habitat.
Weavers are the only birds that are known for their ability to tie knots.
Taveta golden weavers are a tiny species which is around 5.5 in (14 cm), but males can be differentiated from females, be it from their appearance or their behavior. Males are bright yellow but the yellow color is faded on their back and have brown patches on their chest and the females are recognized for their olive yellowish tone which gives them a muted outlook and has pale streaks also. Males have strong claws because they are subjected to building a nest.
These weavers are considered songbirds because of their ability to produce different tones which they use as a method of communication, but this low-pitched tune is not always pleasing to humans even though they are identified as songbirds.
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