Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht)


French: Tisserin baglafecht German: Baglafechtweber Spanish: Tejedor baglafecht

Loxia baglafecht


, 1802,



Subspecies sometimes separated into four groups: “baglafecht group”, “stuhlmanni group”, and two single-taxon groups represented by emini and reichenowi, respectively; these groups sometimes treated as four distinct species, given some striking plumage differences and some degree of isolation where restricted to montane habitats, but no regional variations in song described (although our own analysis indicates vocal difference for baglafecht group#R). Recent published ranges for emini and reichenowi in Ethiopia#R radically different from previous reports, indicating significant areas of overlap; research and confirmation needed. Several intermediates between populations have been proposed as additional races: fricki (described from Sidamo, in Ethiopia) currently synonymized with nominate, budongoensis (from Busindi, near Budongo, in W Uganda) with emini, and nigrotemporalis (from Mt Elgon, in E Uganda) with reichenowi. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. b. neumanni (Bannerman, 1923) – E Nigeria, C Cameroon and W & NE Central African Republic.
  • P. b. baglafecht (Daudin, 1802) – Baglafecht Weaver – W Eritrea, Ethiopian highlands and adjacent E South Sudan.
  • P. b. eremobius (Hartlaub, 1887) – SW South Sudan and NE DRCongo.
  • P. b. emini (Hartlaub, 1882) – Emin's Weaver – SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia and N Uganda.
  • P. b. reichenowi (G. A. Fischer, 1884) – Reichenow's Weaver – C & E Ethiopia#R and E Uganda, Kenya and NE Tanzania.
  • P. b. stuhlmanni (Reichenow, 1893) – Stuhlmann's Weaver – E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and W ­Tanzania.
  • P. b. sharpii (Shelley, 1898) – SW Tanzania and adjacent NE Zambia (Ufipa Plateau)#R.
  • P. b. nyikae (Benson, 1938) – Nyika Plateau in NE Zambia and N Malawi.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 24–37 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead and crown to level of eye golden-yellow, lores, cheek and ear-coverts black, hindcrown and nape greenish;... read more


    Song a chattering mixed with musical notes, including high-pitched glissando and swizzling sounds,... read more


    Trees and shrubs, in forested areas in clearings and on forest fringes; also scrub on road verges,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insectivorous; fruit, seeds and nectar also taken. Food brought to nest spiders (Araneae), moth larvae (Lepidoptera), crickets and... read more


    Breeds Aug–Nov in Cameroon; in DRCongo, Mar–Jun in Kivu, May in Ituri and Aug–Oct in Uele; Jul and Nov in Sudan, Mar... read more


    Presumed resident. Ringed individuals in gardens and in Kenyan woodland remained in same area over... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common and widespread in N & E of range; scarce to uncommon in W of range. Seems to be reasonably adaptable; occurs commonly in gardens... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2020). Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht). 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 22 February 2020).