(syn. Ploceus Ϯ African Masked Weaver P. velatus) Gr. μικρος mikros small; Mod. L. plectes weaver < Gr. πλεκω plekō to plait; "MICROPLECTES subg. nov., type Ploceus velatus Vieillot, differs from the preceding [Pleseositagra] in its smaller size and particularly in its shorter bill, which is less than three-fourths of the length of the tarsus; the outermost primary varies in length, but is usually shorter than the tarsus and about one-third of the length of the second." (A. Roberts 1922).