Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Black-billed Weaver (Ploceus melanogaster)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin à tête jaune German: Schwarzbauchweber Spanish: Tejedor piquinegro
Taxonomy:

Ploceus melanogaster

Shelley

, 1887,

Mount Cameroon, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Cameroon

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Races differ clearly in plumage. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. melanogaster Shelley, 1887 – Western Black-billed Weaver – SE Nigeria, SW Cameroon and Bioko.
  • P. m. stephanophorus (Sharpe, 1891) – Eastern Black-billed Weaver – S highlands of South Sudan (Imatong, Dongotoma, Didinga, Acholi); E DRCongo and adjacent W Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi; and E Uganda and adjoining areas of WC Kenya.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 20–28 g. Male nominate race has most of head golden-yellow, cheek and ear-coverts washed with orange-brown, sometimes extending to chin and throat, lores black... read more

    Voice

    Song of clear ringing notes followed by drawn-out snoring sound, "da du da du dzirr", described as... read more

    Habitat

    Montane forest, from 550 m to 2450 m (mainly 1000–2200 m) in Cameroon and at 1500–3000... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet primarily insects, including ants (Formicidae), alate termites (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), cicadas (Cicadidae); stomach contents... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds in Dec in Nigeria, Oct–Jan (mainly Dec) in Cameroon, Jan on Bioko I, Nov–Mar and Aug in Sudan, Dec–Jan, Oct–... read more

    Movements

    Presumed resident; seasonal altitudinal movements possible on some mountains.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Reasonably common in Cameroon Highlands; fairly common to uncommon elsewhere, but reportedly shy and difficult to observe. Old records of race ... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2017). Black-billed Weaver (Ploceus melanogaster). 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/61056 on 22 September 2017).