(syn. Ploceus Ϯ Giant Weaver P. grandis) Gr. ὑφαντης huphantēs weaver < ὑφαινω huphainō to weave; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos bird; "HYPHANTORNIS.* ... Inhabiting the vast continent of Africa, living more or less in society on trees, in the neighbourhood of marshes and rivers. Their food consists of seeds and coleopterous insects. As the breeding season advances, they generally congregate in flocks, and suspend their nests from the branches overhanging and nearly touching the water. These are formed of coarse grass, and so substantially constructed, that each requires a long time for its completion; their forms vary with the species, some are kidney-shaped, others like a retort, &c. The females generally lay three or four eggs. 1. H. textor (Gmel.) Pl. col. 375, and 376. - Fringilla velata Licht. Swains. Zool. Ill. n. s. t. 37.; Loxia melanocephala Gmel.; Ploceus senegalensis Steph. 2. H. grandis. -- Ploceus collaris Fras. Proc. Z. S. 1842. 142. ... *This name is established in the place of Ploceus, as improperly given to this genus by modern authors, but which I have employed in its proper place as applied by the author of the genus." (G. Gray 1844); "Hyphantornis Gray, 1844, Gen. Birds, 2, p. [(1)] of Ploceinae. Type, by subsequent designation, Ploceus grandis Vieillot = Hyphantornis grandis Gray (Gray, 1855, Cat. Gen. Subgen. Birds, p. 70)." (Moreau in Peters 1962, XV, 32). Var. Hyphanthornis, Yphantornis, Iphantornis.