Order Passeriformes

Family Ploceidae

Weavers
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General
  • Small to medium-sized passerines with slender to heavy bill; plumage often yellow with black, or red and black, and frequently sexually dimorphic; many species with distinctive breeding plumage, some males with long ornamental tail feathers.
  • Africa, tropical Asia and Indian Ocean islands.
  • Forest, grassland, macchia, marshes and reedbeds, scrub-land, orchards and gardens.
  • 10-50 cm.
  • 15 genera, 124 species, 207 taxa.
  • 12 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Bonan, A. (2017). Weavers (Ploceidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52372 on 30 May 2017).