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 edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ploceidae
Genus: Ploceus
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 eastern, south-eastern and southern Africa.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

There are two subspecies:[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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