Wild Birds

Cape Weavers

Cape Weavers (Ploceus capensis)

The Cape Weavers (Ploceus capensis) is endemic to South Africa.

This common species occurs in grassland, agricultural, and fynbos habitats, often near rivers. In breeds in noisy colonies in trees (often willows or Eucalyptus, rarely palms) and reedbeds.

Cape Weavers Perched on a Branch
Cape Weavers Perched on a Branch


The Cape Weavers measures 17 cm in length. The upper plumage is streaked olive-brown. It has a long pointed conical bill.

The breeding male has a yellow head and underparts, an orange face, and a white iris.

The adult female has an olive-yellow head and breast, shading to pale yellow on the lower belly. Her eyes are brown.

Young birds are similar to the female.


Nesting / Breeding

This Hadada Ibis will sometimes nest in the weaver colonies.


Diet / Feeding

The Cape Weaver feeds on a wide variety of seeds, grain, and insects.

The Cape Weaver Male Have a Bright Yellow Feather
The Cape Weaver Male Have a Bright Yellow Feather


The Cape Weaver’s call has been described as a harsh azwit, azwit.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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