• Scientific Name: Ploceus melanocephalus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Polynesian Names: Ruro, ruru, ruru moetua, putu (Tahiti)
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Ploceidae
  • Category: Introduced Birds
  • Distribution: Tahiti

Apearance and identification

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Breeding males have black heads and yellow nape. The plumage of the back is plain and greenish-yellow in color. The belly is pale yellow dotted with brownish areas. The eyes are black and the beak is dark.
Females and non-breeders are duller and do not have black heads. The edges of the wings and the feathers of the tail are tinged with yellow.

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Characteristics

Tahiti since 2003.

Makes nests in the shape of a ball.

It is a species of African origin with a wide distribution from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes region. It has been introduced in Spain and Portugal. The species is more or less subservient to rivers and wetlands. In Portugal, this weaver has kept the same type of habitat.

Observed since 2003 next to the airport then to several other places on the coast of the municipality of Faaa (Tahiti). Begins to establish colonies towards the heights of the municipality.

The entire bay of Vairai Park (formerly Maeva Beach) is well colonized, mainly the Aito. South side, 4 Aitos beachside with about twenty nests but a few birds only. North side, towards the Bel Air on the seashore, there are two big Aitos with many nests too and many birds. It was flying around and singing, they are beautiful, real builders, worthy of great entrepreneurs!

MàJ de Robert Luta – 21/01/2019:

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Not observed.

Location

Tahiti since 2003.

Reproduction

Makes nests in the shape of a ball.

Habitat

It is a species of African origin with a wide distribution from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes region. It has been introduced in Spain and Portugal. The species is more or less subservient to rivers and wetlands. In Portugal, this weaver has kept the same type of habitat.

Observed since 2003 next to the airport then to several other places on the coast of the municipality of Faaa (Tahiti). Begins to establish colonies towards the heights of the municipality.

The entire bay of Vairai Park (formerly Maeva Beach) is well colonized, mainly the Aito. South side, 4 Aitos beachside with about twenty nests but a few birds only. North side, towards the Bel Air on the seashore, there are two big Aitos with many nests too and many birds. It was flying around and singing, they are beautiful, real builders, worthy of great entrepreneurs!

MàJ de Robert Luta – 21/01/2019:

No attachments were found.

Sound
Breeding

Not observed.

Status and protection

For more than a decade, a small population of weavers has been installed at Tahiti Fa’a’a airport (Deane 2003), their presence being regularly confirmed (Te Manu 2006, n° 55, 2011, n° 76), but a true colonization of Tahiti doesn’t seem to happen.

The species is classified as « Least Concern » (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.