breeding male; orange head and breast (California, USA; 2008-01-20)

Golden Palm Weaver
Ploceus bojeri

Native Range: Africa

Notes: although native to Africa, pet-store escapees sometimes are seen in southern Clifornia, USA; like other weavers, this species is renowned for weaving complex ball-like nests; stong sexual dimorphism, with the female being much drabber than breeding-plumage male.

yellow belly, olive-green back (California, USA; 2008-01-20)

some black on wings and tail (California, USA; 2008-01-20)