Golden Weaver

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Golden weaver (Ploceus xanthops). The alternate name is a Holub’s weaver.


The golden weaver is a large weaver, at 17 cm in length, with a heavy black bill, a pale yellow eye, yellow underparts and head, and a chestnut brown face wash. The male has the chestnut brown wash extending down on to the chest.
The female golden weaver is similar to the male, but is duller than the male.


The golden weaver is omnivorous and feeds on insects, seeds, fruit and nectar.

Golden Weaver Breeding

The golden weaver is monogamous and semi-colonial. The male golden weaver is very territorial. Two or three males will have adjoining territories that make up the loose colony.
The female golden weaver will lay between one and three eggs, incubation takes around 14 days. Both parents feed the chicks and they fledge after 19 to 22 days.
The golden weaver is parasitised by the Diederik cuckoo.


The nests are built by the male golden weaver and each territory will have between 2 and 5 nests per male in the colony. These nests are kidney-shaped, but do not have an entry tunnel, they have a veranda. The nests are built at the tip of branches or reeds, overhanging water.


The golden weaver is of least concern.

Distribution and Habitat

The golden weaver is found on the far eastern side of South Africa, including Limpopo, Mpumalanga and into KwaZulu Natal. The golden weaver’s preferred habitat is savannah woodland and riparian bush.