Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus
Female Red-vented Malimbe, Auntutu Forest, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

May 2011

The Red-vented Malimbe is a forest weaver distributed in the coastal forests of West Africa. It feeds mainly on insects at the top of the canopy, higher than any other Malimbe.

Red-vented Malimbe nest, Ankasa, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image In all plumages there is a bright red vent. The male is black with a redhead, neck and breast surrounding a black face. The female has an all black head and neck.

The nest, seen in photo 2, is a beautifully woven inverted sock shape usually hanging from palm fronds.

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