Weaver identification

Weaver identification, ageing & sexing

Cape Weaver
Adult male Cape Weaver

Papers from Safring News


Oschadleus HD. 2011. Iris colours in ageing and sexing South African Ploceus weavers. Afring News 40:7-12 (821 kB)

Oschadleus HD. 2013. Identifying wetland warblers and weavers in Cape Town. Afring News 42: 1-4 (479 kB)

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Safring News 12 p3 sexing (725 kb)

Cape Weaver

Safring News 2(1) p22 identification, ageing & sexing (276 kb)

Safring News 2_25 identification, ageing & sexing – errata

Safring News 15 p63 identification, ageing & sexing (261 kb) – reprint

Safring News 16 45 caution

Southern Brown-throated Weaver

Safring News 24:51-52 identification, ageing & sexing (463 kb)

Bertram’s Weaver

Safring News 13 p77 ageing & sexing (144 kb)

Thick-billed Weaver

Safring News 13 p79 ageing & sexing(498 kb)

Safring News 14 p43 plumage aberrations (498 kb)

Safring News 14 p45 plumage aberrations (498 kb)

Southern Red Bishop

Safring News 2(2) p22 identification, ageing & sexing (531 kb)

Yellow Bishop

Safring News 2(2) p22 identification, ageing & sexing (531 kb)

‘Golden’ weavers in East Africa

News item photos and map for Golden Palm Weaver, Taveta Golden Weaver, Eastern Golden Weaver

ID news items

Ageing Dark-backed Weaver

from news 840 (see photos here)

Dark-backed Weaver males and females are alike. Juveniles are similar to adults, but there are some features that help separate juveniles from adults. Juveniles have:

  • pale gape flanges
  • a paler bill (with a yellow tinge in above above, compared to bluish-grey in adult)
  • mottled or pale throat
  • darker brown eye

Dark-backed Weavers show some subspecific plumage variation across their range in Africa, see map and brief subspecies notes at species page. Biometrics also vary across its range, but not in any obvious pattern. Less than 400 Dark-backed Weavers have been ringed in South Africa, the lowest species total for any South African weaver species.

Dieter is a qualified Bird Ringer and trainer, registered bird guide, and Weaver expert. Dieter is able to act as a bird guide for day trips in Cape Town, and is able to customise birds tours in South Africa and beyond.