Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Bar-winged Weaver (Ploceus angolensis)


French: Tisserin malimbe German: Miomboweber Spanish: Tejedor alibarrado

Sharpia angolensis


, 1878,

Caconda, Angola


Previously placed in monotypic genus Notiospiza on account of singularities in morphology and plumage. Monotypic.


WC Angola, SE DRCongo and N Zambia.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Small slender-billed weaver, dark above and white below, more like a flycatcher (Muscicapidae) than like a typical weaver. Male has forehead, crown and nape blackish-... read more


Song composed of several fast, tuneful notes in crescendo, leading up to loud swizzle; sometimes... read more


Miombo (Brachystegia) woodland; also enters Cryptosepalum forest. At 100–... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous; stomach contents included mantid (Mantodea), beetles (Coleoptera) and chironomid larvae (Diptera). Forages in tree canopy.... read more


Breeds Aug–Nov in Zambia. Monogamous. Solitary nester. Nest built by both members of pair, a ball of Usnea lichen with... read more


Apparently resident. In Zambia, recorded throughout year at same localities.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known species. Reported as uncommon within its relatively limited range. Occurs in some protected areas in Zambia.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Bar-winged Weaver (Ploceus angolensis). 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 20 February 2020).