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This species is undoubtedly very rare, having been seen on very few occasions by ornithologists, and probably has a very small population which is suspected to be declining within its very restricted range. It is therefore classified as Endangered.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Li
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
13-14 cm. Strikingly coloured weaver. Adult male largely black above with deep reddish-brown crown, ruff of orange on nape which merges into a broad yellow collar, yellow stripe down middle of back. Greyish-green underparts with black throat and deep chestnut chest. Immature and possibly female has paler brown crown and golden-brown band on back of the neck. Similar spp. Similar in appearance and behaviour to Yellow-mantled Weaver P. tricolor. Both have yellow collar but only aureonucha has orange ruff and darker underparts. Voice Unknown.
Blom, A. 1990. List of the birds of the (future) Okapi Reserve and National Park.
Collar, N. J.; Stuart, S. N. 1985. Threatened birds of Africa and related islands: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambridge, U.K.
Craig, A. J. F. K. 2005. Rare weavers (Aves: Ploceidae): are some Ploceus species hybrids? In: B. A. Huber et al. (ed.), African Biodiversity, pp. 279-286. Springer.
Kanyamibwa, S. 1995. Viewpoint: war and conservation. World Birdwatch 17: 24.
Wilson, M.; Payne, R. B.; Payne, L. L.; Baboaineki, S. 2007. First record of Golden-naped Weaver Ploceus aureonucha in Uganda. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 14(2): 200-202.
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Text account compilers
Bird, J., Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Shutes, S., Symes, A., Taylor, J.
Catsis, M., Languy, M., Wilson, M., Fishpool, L.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Ploceus aureonucha. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2016.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Endangered|
|Family||Ploceidae (Weavers and allies)|
|Species name author||Sassi, 1920|
|Population size||250-999 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||5,400 km2|
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