Lesser masked weaver
|Lesser Masked Weaver|
|Male P. i. cabanisii at nest|
|A female with pale leg and iris colour|
The Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius) is a species of bird in the Ploceidae family. It builds its nests in large colonies, often alongside the Village Weaver and sometimes the Red-billed Buffalo Weaver. This species is commonly parasitised by the Diederik Cuckoo.
It is found in Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
There are two races:
- P. i. intermedius Rüppell, 1845 – From Djibouti to central Tanzania
- P. i. cabanisii (W. K. H. Peters, 1868) – African west coast and southern Africa
- Synonyms are P. i. beattyi in Angola and P. i. luebberti in Namibia
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