oa Journal of East African Natural History - Data from a colony of Vieillot's Black Weaver, Melanopteryx (Ploceus) Nigerrimus Vieillot



In September 1965 it became necessary to destroy a colony of Black Weavers on the school compound at King's College, Budo, near Kampala. The writer was present and was able to remove approximately half of the nests individually and so obtain a record of their contents and a number of specimens of young for analysis of gut contents. The resulting data throw light on the sex ratio in the colony, clutch size, spacing of hatchings and food of the nestlings. The total number of nests present was 59 and 30 of these were removed for examination. They represented an entire section of the colony and may be regarded as a representative sample of it.


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