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).
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).
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).
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