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Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat


Southern Africa

  • Year-round resident
    • Non-migratory (Craig and Christie 2013)
  • Namibia south to Botswana and South Africa (Craig and Christie 2013)


Kalahari and Namib desert (Maclean 1967; Spottiswoode 2007)

  • Acacia savannahs
  • Range coincides with that of stout trees and stiff dry grasses, which provide material for building nests (Maclean 1973a)

Elevation range

  • 500-1500 m (1,640-4,921 ft) (Maclean 1967)

Annual rainfall

  • 80-600 mm (3.1-23.6 in) (Maclean 1967)

Distribution Map

Sociable Weaver Distribution

Sociable Weaver distribution. Adapted from according to IUCN fact sheet. See IUCN fact sheet for detailed distribution information.

Page Citations

Craig and Christie (2013)
Maclean (1967)
Maclean (1973a)
Spottiswoode (2007)

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