Lesser masked weaver

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Lesser masked weaver
Lesser Masked Weaver - Baringo - Kenya NH8O1107 (22662509730).jpg
Lesser Masked Weaver female RWD.jpg
A female with pale leg and iris colour
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ploceidae
Genus: Ploceus
Species: P. intermedius
Binomial name
Ploceus intermedius
Rüppell, 1845

The lesser masked weaver (Ploceus intermedius) is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae. 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, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


There are two races:[2]

  • 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


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Ploceus intermedius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius)". Internet Bird Collection. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

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