The Orange Crowned Weaver (Euplectes orix and E. franciscanus) hails from Africa. Other common names are Red Bishop, Grenadier Weaver. Orange Bishop, Orange Bishop Weaver, Orange Weaver. In the wild, the Orange Weaver finch will make it’s home in reed beds close to the surface of water. True to its name, male orange weavers construct complexly woven nests during breeding season. These birds, like most other finches, are social, and enjoy the company of other finches. Males are much more colorful than the females, however, after breeding season is over, the males plumage returns to that of the female. The transformation is amazing.
Song/Call: Click here for the song of the Orange Weaver
Sexing: Weavers are easily sexed if the male is in breeding plumage. If not, both genders are exactly alike.
If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.
Temperament: If keeping these birds in a mixed collection, they may be housed with larger, more robust finches such as cut-throats, java sparrows, and other similarly sized weavers. Keep an eye on the birds when they come into nuptial plumage as they may become aggressive at this time. Separate overly aggressive birds from the flock to prevent fighting and injury.
Breeding: In the wild, Orange Weavers are social and enjoy the company of other finches but are aggressive while breeding. As a pet, they are noted to enjoy living along and enjoy bouncing from various perches in a cage setting.
Diet: Classic Finch Seed, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, Millet, Dried Egg Food, Mineral Grit, live food (mealworms), greens