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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Bird is This #17?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Spectacled weaver.

William Edwards
Explorer

Lesser Masked Weaver

Rory Hudson
Explorer

Lesser Masked Weaver

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

African Masked Weaver, immature male? I am not a birder, so this is a wild guess.

Hi, I think it‘s a Village Weaver (female).
Best Regards
Karl-Heinz

Patsy Crisp
Explorer

Yellow-Throated Apalis

Tom Rawles
Guest contributor

Spectacled Weaver.

Hi James,
how about a spectacled weaver.
keep this up it is great.
Take care,
George

Kelley Boston
Explorer

Lesser masked weaver

Henry Smith
Guest contributor

Female Lesser Masked Weaver?

Declan Porter
Explorer

This bird is a Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius). The general giss and yellow colouration gives it away as part of the weavers as well as the nest on the left hand side. Both the Southern Masked Weaver and Village Weaver are excluded as they both have red eyes. The Cape Weaver is eliminated as their whole body is yellow. The female Cape Weaver could have the correct colouration but usually has a dark eye. The uncommon pale eye variant is eliminated based on the leg colour.

Hi Declan, as you explain it, I agree with you that it must be a Lesser Masked Weaver.
Great

Female lesser masked weaver (or pre breeding male in moult – last years nest)

Shari Boyd
Explorer

Ploceus xanthops

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Weaver
Spectacled Weaver

Claire L
Digital Ranger

My doubtful mind is saying Holub’s golden weaver..

Anthony Goldman
Guest contributor

Lesser Masked Weaver female

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Finally one that I could recognize – I think A lesser masked weaver. I’ve always enjoyed seeing their nests.

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello James!
I think the bird is the Southern or African Masked Weaver, a bird in the family Ploceidae. I think it is a juvenile male. I hope that I have given the right answer. This was a tricky one… one learns a lot! 😃

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