A localized woodland weaver that has dark brown upperparts, yellow back and rump, obvious white wing bars, and pale underparts suffused with lemon on the belly and flanks. Juvenile is like adult but with a pale crown and bill. Restricted to mature evergreen (Cryptosepalum) dry forests and Miombo woodland where ‘Old Man’s Beard’ Usnea lichen is abundant; singles and pairs sometimes join mixed-species flocks and forage secretively for insects by creeping along branches like a nuthatch or creeper; does not nest colonially. Not very vocal, but occasionally calls a series of high-pitched squeaks, buzzes, and churrs.
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