Throughout Africa South of the Sahara, these birds live in grassland and reed beds near water. This has been replicated in the new aviary at the Zoo which has been heavily planed with various grasses around a shallow pool.
Grass seeds and insects.
Like other weaver birds, this species is famous for its intricately woven nest of grass stems often built over water to deter predators - including egg eating snakes.
The males only assume their brilliant black and yellow plumage during the breeding season. At other times they resemble their rather dowdy sparrow-like mates.
Loss of wetland habitat is the single biggest concern for these birds.
- Latin Name: Euplectes afer
- Class: Birds
- Order: Passeriformes
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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