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The Indian Ocean, coastal areas partly forested to savannahs, semi-deserts, mountain forests, fresh water and soda lakes, rivers, glaciers and rainforests provide a huge range of different biotopes and are responsible for the big variety of bird species. Currently more than 1.400 registered species, of which around 100 are migratory birds, occur in East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. You find little brown birds, very colourful species and majestic vultures and eagles. Parks and sanctuaries have between 300 and over 550 registered bird species. East Africa is a paradise for ornithologists. But also non birders will be fascinated by some of the impressive birds.

Many species are spread all over the continent, but several are endemic and only occur in small ranges. We as the specialists know where to find them.

Pictures are listed in the same order as in most bird books.

Pictures taken by Elvira Wolfer and clients.











Golden palm weaver (Ploceus bojeri).
Coast and Tana River.

Holub’s Golden Weaver (Ploceus xanthops) occurs in
cultivated areas and forest edges in higher altitudes.




Orange Weaver



Eastern Golden Weaver (Ploceus subaureus aureoflavus).
Common at coasts in Kenya and Tanzania as well as lower
altitude up to Central Kenya.

Orange Weaver (Ploceus aurantius) Westafrica to Uganda in wetland areas. 
Photo Marina Meger, Entebbe






Northern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus castanops).
In papyrus around Lake Victoria. Homa Bay








Spectacled weaver (Ploceus ocularis suahelicus).
Females lack the black patch under the bill. Widespread.

Black-headed or Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus).
Local but widespread. Highly gregarious when breeding.












Northern masked Weaver (Ploceus t. taeniopterus).
Lake Baringo and Turkana area near water.

Spekes weaver (Ploceus spekei).
Southern Kenya to Northwestern Tanzania.








Vitelline Masked weaver (Ploceus vitelinus uluensis).
Breeding males. Widespread East to West Africa.

Vitelline Masked weaver (Ploceus
vitelinus uluensis). Breeding female.








Lesser Masked weaver (Ploceus i. intermedius).
Local in savanna and bushland, widespread.

Young male of  Lesser masked weaver, similar
than adult female. This colour variation makes
it sometimes tricky to identify weaver bird species.




Little Weaver




Slender-billed weaver (Ploceus pelzelni).
Lake Victoria region.


Little Weaver (Ploceus luteolus) is found in Acacia
areas from Northern Kenya to Westafrica.






Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht reichenowi). The amount of
black on and around the head depends on the sex and the age.
This can easily lead to confusion. Locally in Highlands. Adult male.

Baglaflecht weaver, adult female.



Ploceus ngricollis nigricollis



Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis melanoxanthus).
Widespread but uncommon in Ethiopia, Eastern Kenya
and Tanzania in pairs in dry bush.

Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis nigricollis) is found
from Western Kenya to Westafrica. Photo Marina Meger, Uganda






Jackson’s golden-backed weaver (Ploceus jacksoni). Locally common
in acacia woodland near water. North Tanzania to Westkenya.








Chestnut weaver (Ploceus r. rubiginosus).Highly gregarious when breeding in dry bush land. Seasonal. Left in breeding plumage, right non-breeding.




Yellow backed weaver

Vieillots black weaver




Uganda Yellow-backed or Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephaus
dimidiatus). Confined to swamps and reedbeds from Western Kenya to
Westafrica. Photo Marina Meger, Uganda

Vieillot’s Black Weaver (Ploceus nigerrimus) is found in forested
areas from Western Kenya to Westafrica. Photo Marina Meger, Uganda