Lesser masked weaver
|Lesser masked weaver|
|A female with pale leg and iris colour|
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
There are two subspecies:
- 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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- Lesser masked weaver - Species text in Weaver Watch.
- Lesser masked weaver - Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds.
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