Friday, 16 September 2011

Cinnamon Weaver at last

Since arriving in Sudan I have been wanting to see a Cinnamon Weaver, which was known to be the only endemic bird in Sudan. However, since the separation of South Sudan this is no longer the case, as it is found in both countries. I have never been able to find photos on the internet, despite careful searching, and the only picture I knew of was in my old copy of Cave and MacDonald's 'Birds of the Sudan', from 1955. Today I finally came across this male at the north end of Tuti Island. It was with a few Northern Masked Weavers, but there was no sign of any other Cinnamon Weavers around.  These may be the first ever photos of this species.

Cinnamon Weaver, Tuti Island 16th September 2011

Cinnamon Weaver, Tuti Island 16th September 2011

Cinnamon Weaver, Tuti Island 16th September 2011

Cinnamon Weaver, Tuti Island 16th September 2011

Cinnamon Weaver, Tuti Island 16th September 2011

Cinnamon Weaver, Tuti Island 16th September 2011

Cinnamon Weaver, Tuti Island 16th September 2011

It is a nicer bird than I had expected and I hope to see more. There is a lot more yellow than described in the book, especially on the belly and vent. The species is virtually unknown, so I would be interested in finding some nests and doing a short study.

2 comments:

  1. Bravo !! Finally, a reliable set of pictures of the Cinnamon Weaver. Thank you so much. I've been watching this blog for a while waiting/hoping to see this weaver. I've seen it in Alkadaro in the outskirts of Khartoum - but my photos of it were terrible. I'm dying to see the female if you ever get good photos of it. Also: It would be immensly useful if you would upload this to 1)"African Bird Club" at http://www.africanbirdclub.org/ and 2)The Internet Bird collection at http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

    (Shoebill)

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  2. Hi Shoebill. It is the species that I have most wanted to see and photograph, so I am very happy with it too. Like you, I am very keen to photograph a female, as I have never been able to find any photos or depictions in field guides. I assume it would be easy to identify, but you can never tell with weavers.
    I am always interested in meeting up with other birders here, so maybe we can make contact some time.

    Tom

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