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|Male in Johannesburg, South Africa|
This weaver builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch or reed. The Hadada ibis will sometimes nest in the weaver colonies. The Cape weaver feeds on a wide variety of seeds, grain and insects. The calls of this bird include a harsh azwit, azwit.
The Cape weaver is a stocky 17 cm long bird with streaked olive-brown upperparts and 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.
- Sinclair, Hockey and Tarobton, SASOL Birds of Southern Africa, ISBN 1-86872-721-1
- Cape weaver - Species text in Weaver Watch.
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- Cape weaver - Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds
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