Swartkeelgeelvink/Southern Masked Weaver
Die Swartkeelgeelvink (Ploceus velatus) is ‘n algemene standvoël in savanne, grasveld, waterlope in dorre gebiede, landerye en tuine. Hulle broei alleen in klein kolonies in bome of riete in ‘n netjiese balnes met ‘n kort ingangstonnel. Die voël is poliginies en is 16 cm groot en weeg 30 – 44 gram. In Engels staan die voël bekend as die Southern Masked Weaver.
This weaver is very widespread and found in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. It also occurs in suburban gardens and parks.
The southern masked weaver is 11-14.5 cm long with a short, strong, conical bill and pinkish brown legs. The adult male in breeding plumage has a black face, throat and beak, red eye, bright yellow head and underparts, and a plain yellowish-green back,
The female has a pinkish-brown bill, brown or red-brown eye and is dull greenish-yellow, streaked darker on the upper back. The throat is yellowish, fading to off-white on the belly. The non-breeding male resembles the female but retains the red eye. The juvenile of this species is like the female.
The call is a harsh swizzling, similar to other weavers. It also utters a sharp chuk alarm note.