Meet The Fox’s Weaver, Uganda’s Only Endemic Bird

If you’re looking for a bird that can only be found in Uganda, meet the Fox’s weaver.

The Fox’s weaver is a unique and little-known bird found only in the Pearl of Africa!

As Uganda safari specialists, it’s always special for us to be able to highlight the wildlife that can only be found in our country. So today, we’re going to share all that you need to know about Fox’s weaver.

Get To Know The Fox’s Weaver Home Country

Uganda is a diverse and biologically rich country, home to a wide variety of plants and animals. It is particularly known for its primates, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and baboons, but it also has a rich avifauna, with over 1,000 species of birds.

The Fox’s weaver is a small, colorful bird that is native to the country of Uganda, located in East Africa. Despite being a fairly common sight in the region, it is not well-known outside of Uganda and is often overshadowed by more iconic African species.

Fox’s weavers are found throughout Uganda, from the highlands to the savannah. They inhabit a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and agricultural areas, and can be found at elevations up to 2,000 meters.

What The Fox’s Weaver Looks Like

The Fox’s weaver is a small, brightly colored bird with a distinctive appearance. It has a yellow breast, orange-brown wings, and a black head with white eyebrows. It is about the size of a sparrow and has a thin, pointed bill.

Notable Behaviors And Habits of the Fox’s Weaver

Fox’s weavers are known for their elaborate nest-building behaviors, which involve weaving elaborate structures out of grasses and other materials. These nests are used to breed and raise young, and can be found in trees, bushes, or even on the ground.

What Roles Does The Fox’s Weaver Play In Uganda’s Ecosystem

. While the Fox’s weaver may not have a major impact on the overall ecosystem, it is an important part of the web of life in Uganda. It plays a role in pollination and seed dispersal, and may also serve as a food source for other animals.

Is The Fox’s Weaver A Protected Species?

There are currently no specific conservation efforts targeting the Fox’s weaver, but the bird is protected under Ugandan law. In addition, efforts to protect Uganda’s biodiversity, such as conservation areas and national parks, will also benefit the Fox’s weaver and other endemic species.

Where Did The Fox’s Weaver Get Its Name?

The origin of the Fox’s Weaver’s name goes back more than 100 years when English zoologist Harold Munro Fox collected two specimens. He collected the male Fox’s Weaver in July 1913, and the female in August 1913. Though they were logged then, the Fox’s Weaver was not recognized as a species until 1947. 

As a fun tie-in to the Pearl of Africa, the bird’s bright yellow and black coloring makeup ⅔ of the Ugandan flag! How patriotic!

Tips For Seeing The Fox’s Weaver In Uganda

To see the Fox’s weaver on a safari or birdwatching trip in Uganda, it is best to visit during the dry season, when the birds are more active and easier to spot. 

The Fox’s weaver can be found in a variety of habitats, so it is important to be open to exploring different areas. It is also a good idea to bring a good pair of binoculars and a field guide to help identify the bird.

Some specific locations to consider include Murchison Falls National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Come See The Fox’s Weaver On A Uganda Birding Safari

If you’re an avid or aspiring birder, Uganda is a great country to visit. For more articles you might like, we’ve written an introduction to birding in Uganda, a birding equipment checklist, and a guide of some of the best national parks in Uganda for birding.

To get in touch and start planning your dream Uganda birding safari, reach out to team Kikooko. We’ve been leading tailor-made safaris since 2013, and it would be our pleasure to help you plan your next East African adventure.


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