Little Weaver Ploceus luteolus
(aka Little Masked Weaver)
Little Weaver, Mole National Park, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole National Park, Ghana
June 2011

The Little Weaver is distributed south of the Sahara and north of the Equator from Mauritania in the west to Ethiopia in the east. It is found in wooded savanna and farmland with tall trees.

It is a very small weaver and the male in breeding plumage, as seen here, is bright yellow with a large black mask. The non-breeding male and the female are duller and are without the mask.

They rarely nest in colonies. A solitary nest is usually about 3 metres above the ground and is often associated with wasp or hornet nests.
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