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Dark-backed Weaver

Ploceus bicolor

The Dark-backed Weaver, or Ploceus bicolor, is a captivating avian species belonging to the Ploceidae family. This bird, also known as the Forest Weaver, is adorned with a striking plumage that exhibits a contrast between its dark back and lighter underparts.

Identification Tips

When endeavoring to identify the Dark-backed Weaver, one should note its distinctive dark back, which provides an excellent contrast to its lighter, more subdued underparts. This characteristic is a key visual cue for birdwatchers.

Habitat

The Dark-backed Weaver is a denizen of the forest, where it finds refuge and sustenance. Its preference for wooded environments is reflected in its alternative name, the Forest Weaver.

Distribution

This species has a broad range across the African continent, with sightings confirmed in nations such as Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Conservation status

BirdLife International has assessed the Dark-backed Weaver as being of Least Concern. This status indicates that, currently, there are no immediate threats to the population levels of this species, allowing bird enthusiasts to breathe a sigh of relief for the time being.

Dark-backed Weaver Sounds

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