Loango weaver (Ploceus subpersonatus)

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Loango weaver fact file

Loango weaver description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyPloceidae
GenusPloceus (1)

The little-known Loango weaver belongs to a group of small finch-like birds (3). Male Loango weavers have a jet-black face and throat that contrasts sharply with the golden yellow breast washed with chestnut. The plumage on the back is olive, tinged with yellow, and the tail and short-rounded wings are olive-brown (2) (4). The female has more yellow on the forehead (2). The short, conical bill of bill of both sexes is jet black (3) (4).

Also known as
Loango slender-billed weaver.
French
Tisserin de Cabinda.
Size
Length: 12 cm (2)
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Loango weaver biology

Almost nothing is known about the biology or ecology of the Loango weaver other than it has been found nesting in palms in small colonies (2) (5).

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Loango weaver range

Occurs in Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cabinda (Angola), generally within three kilometres of the coast (2).

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Loango weaver habitat

The Loango weaver has been found inhabiting abundant, coarse grass in clearings in secondary forests and at the edge of marshes; coastal savanna; and vegetation surrounding small coastal villages (2).

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Loango weaver status

Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List 2007 (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Vulnerable

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Loango weaver threats

The Loango weaver is believed to have very specific habitat requirements (2), which makes it extremely vulnerable to any habitat destruction or alteration. Coastal bush habitat in areas of Gabon is being converted into allotments, destroying suitable habitat for the weaver, and oil spills from offshore rigs pose a continual threat to the coastal wildlife (2). This threat may be increasing due to a growing interest in oil the area, particularly from US companies, which may result in more on-shore and off-shore oil exploration and production activities (2) (6).

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Loango weaver conservation

Much of the coastal habitat in south-western Gabon is protected in the Gamba Protected Areas Complex (5), and habitat along the Cabinda coast is also well protected (2). An area in north-western Gabon has also been proposed as a Nature Reserve (7), a measure which would offer protection to more colonies of the rare Loango weaver. The lack of information on the biology and ecology of the Loango weaver may hinder the implementation of appropriate conservation measures, and thus further surveys and research would be greatly beneficial (2).

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
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Find out more

For further information on the Gamba Protected Areas Complex and conservation in Gabon see:

For more information on this and other bird species please see:

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Glossary

Secondary forests
Forest that has re-grown after a major disturbance, such as fire or timber harvest, but has not yet reached the mature state of primary forest.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (December, 2007)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. BirdLife International (December, 2007)
    http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sites/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=8499&m=0
  3. Burnie, D. (2001) Animal. Dorling Kindersley, London.
  4. Bannerman, D.A. (1953) The Birds of West and Equatorial Africa. Oliver and Boyd Ltd, Edinburgh.
  5. Birdlife International: IBA Factsheet (December, 2007)
    http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sites/index.html?action=SitHTMDetails.asp&sid=6304&m=0
  6. WWF: Gamba-Conkouatie Forest Landscape Programme (December, 2007)
    http://www.livingplanet.com/about_wwf/where_we_work/africa/where/gabon/index.cfm?uProjectID=GA0861
  7. BirdLife International: IBA Factsheet (December, 2007)
    http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sites/index.html?action=SitHTMDetails.asp&sid=6308&m=0#
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Female Loango weaver  
Female Loango weaver

© John Caddick

John Caddick
john@caddick.com

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