Distribution

Weavers occur throughout sub-Saharan Africa, where all sub-families are represented. Only two genera of Ploceinae are found outside Africa; the fodies (Foudia) which are endemic to Madagascar and other Indian Ocean islands, and Plo-ceus with two species on Madagascar and five in Asia. One East African species, Ruppell's weaver (Ploceus galbula), also occurs on the Arabian peninsula. Several species are commonly exported as cage birds, and escapes or deliberate releases have led to their establishment, sometimes temporary, in other regions, including Australia, California, Portugal, Hawaii, St. Helena, and some islands in the West Indies. An Asian species, the streaked weaver (Ploceus manyar), is now established in the Nile delta in Egypt, and is believed to have escaped from Alexandria Zoo.

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