Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Giant Weaver (Ploceus grandis)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin géant German: Riesenweber Spanish: Tejedor Gigante
Taxonomy:

Hyphantornis grandis

G. R. Gray

, 1844,

São Tomé

.

May form a superspecies with P. cucullatus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

São Tomé I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

22 cm; 62–65 g. Very large, stocky weaver. Male has most of head down to chin and throat black, blending into chestnut-brown on rear crown; mantle to upper back dull... read more

Voice

Song a series of chattering notes terminating in a wheeze, "pche pche pche pche pche pche... read more

Habitat

Natural forest, plantations of cocoa, coffee and oil palms (Elaeis guineensis), and... read more

Food and feeding

Grass seeds, crushed nuts of cocoa trees, fruit of oil palm, papaya (Carica papaya), berries of Alchornea cordifolia;... read more

Breeding

Egg-laying observed in Jan, copulation and nest-building noted in Dec, and juveniles in Mar–Apr. Monogamous. Solitary nester; highly... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in São Tomé EBA. Common on the island.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Giant Weaver (Ploceus grandis). 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/61019 on 26 March 2017).