In the vast diversity of wildlife, some birds stand out with their stunning appearance while others are designed to blend in with their environment. The golden palm weaver (Ploceus bojeri) is one of those magnificent creatures gifted to soar in the sky with its gleaming yellow plumage.
Native to East Africa, from Kenya to Ethiopia, the golden palm weaver is a common sight in coastal savannas and scrub areas with abundant palm trees and along rivers in dry regions. The breeding male is bright yellow with an orange head, while the female is also yellow but duller. Both sexes have dark eyes in all plumages.
Golden palm weavers are gregarious birds that roost in flocks when not breeding. They are known for their high-pitched “cheeep” notes and sizzling “radio static” songs, typical of weavers. They feed on seeds and insects, and both males and females build their nests, which are usually suspended low under palm fronds or over water in thorn trees.
The male displays while hanging below the nest entrance with his wings spread vertically, but his wings usually move very little, and he may bow slowly. After mating, the female often lays two eggs, and little is known about their incubation and nestling care.
The golden palm weaver is classified as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, indicating a stable population, although exact numbers are unknown. Despite its vibrant appearance and importance to the ecosystem, this bird is not well-known to the general public.
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