Which Ploceus

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2 years 1 month ago #87236 by michelhp
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I don't know if this is an African weaver <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

This bird was captured and ringed last Saturday here in Italy, near Venice, probably an escapee :mrgreen:

In my opinion it's a Ploceus, but which one?
Could you help us?

THANK YOU

greetings from Italy
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2 years 1 month ago #87237 by gordon
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Hi maudoc,

I've been so busy I've only seen your post now!

I'll try to have a closer look at this over the coming weekend and let you know what species I think it is...

Cheers,
Gordon

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2 years 1 month ago #87238 by michelhp
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Thank you Gordon,

Suggestions are for: Ploceus hypoxanthus, Ploceus philippinus, Euplectes hordeaceus or E. franciscanus...

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2 years 1 month ago #87239 by gordon
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Hi Maurizio,

Finally getting a little bit of time to take a look at this!

I don't think this is any of the Southern African Weavers. Of those the closest would be Chestnut and Southern Brown-throated but there are differences which would rule them out. Chestnut has a red eye and Southern Brown-throated does not have such a pronounced supercillium.

Of the species you have mentioned, I would rule out the Euplectes as to me this is a Ploceus going by bill shape and tail length. Euplectes have shorter tails and smaller bills.

Of the Ploceus species mentioned they also don't quite fit for me.

Will definitely need to do some more reading on this one. Maybe someone else will know?

Cheers,
Gordon

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2 years 1 month ago #87240 by michelhp
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Thank you very much Gordon!

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