Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Near Threatened

Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus)


French: Tisserin doré German: Kernbeißerweber Spanish: Tejedor dorado asiático

Loxia hypoxantha


, 1788,



Mainland race previously listed under name hymenaicus, but present name has priority#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. chryseus A. O. Hume, 1878 – C, SW & S Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), NW, C & NE Thailand, S Laos, Cambodia and S Vietnam; local within this range.
  • P. h. hypoxanthus (Sparrman, 1788) – Sumatra and W Java.
  • Introduced (nominate) to Singapore.

    Descriptive notes

    15 cm; one male 19 g. Medium-sized, sexually dimorphic weaver, male generally yellow with black face mask. Male nominate race breeding has forehead, crown and nape golden-... read more


    Song of chattering notes ending with long rattle; harsh "chit" calls. Voice similar to... read more


    Lowlands, always close to water: in marshes, rice paddies and flooded grasslands.

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly grass seeds, e.g. those of Echinochloa colona and Eriochloa procera recorded; during nesting period insects... read more


    Breeds in Jul in Myanmar, Jul–Sept in Thailand, Aug in Laos and Jan–Jun in Java. Apparently monogamous, perhaps occasionally... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Local, and generally scarce to uncommon. In Sumatra and Java (nominate race) formerly widespread, now localized... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2020). Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus). 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 25 February 2020).