Family Weavers (Ploceidae)


Aldabra Fody (Foudia aldabrana)


French: Foudi d’Aldabra German: Aldabraweber Spanish: Fodi de Aldabra

Foudia aldabrana


, 1893,



Until recently treated as conspecific with F. eminentissima, but differs genetically#R and in its ochraceous-yellow vs whitish-grey belly in male and all underparts in female (3); stronger black mask with clear black area behind eye (2); deeper bill (effect size 2.8; score 2). Vocal data needed. Monotypic.


Aldabra Atoll, in SW Seychelles.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; male 21·5–30 g, female 18–27 g. Adult male breeding has head to breast orange, with black loral band and mask, ochraceous-buff upperparts often tinged orange and... read more


Wide range of vocalizations, but most revolve around variations of high-pitched metallic “two-eet... read more


Occupies mixed scrub, mangroves, coconut (Cocos nucifera) groves and Casuarina... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous; consumes insects, seeds, fruits and nectar, and occasionally flowers and other items. Insects (some quite large) include adult... read more


Breeds late Nov–mid Apr, especially Dec–Jan, usually starting with or soon after rains. Monogamous. Male defends territory of c. 650 m² (... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: confined to Aldraba EBA. Population 1000–3000 pairs or 2000–6000 mature individuals, and is currently believed to be increasing based on... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Aldabra Fody (Foudia aldabrana). 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 on 19 February 2020).