Loango Weaver Ploceus subpersonatus

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A wetland weaver with a narrow bill, dull olive upperparts, and yellow-orange underparts. Male has a dark hood that tapers to a “V” on the throat, surrounded by an orange wash, while female lacks the black hood and has a yellow forehead and olive crown. A localized resident that is fairly common but can be secretive in palm swamp, mangroves, and savanna fringes near the coast. Found in pairs and small groups. Song is a typical varied, jumbled weaver song, often ending with “chuka-chuka-chak.” The similar Slender-billed Weaver is smaller than Loango Weaver and has brighter underparts. 

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