Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)


French: Tisserin baya German: Bayaweber Spanish: Tejedor baya

Loxia philippina


, 1766,

Philippines; error = Sri Lanka


Old report of hybridization in captivity with P. manyar. Two subspecies groups, differing chiefly in plumage. Race burmanicus intergrades with nominate in NE Indian Subcontinent. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. philippinus (Linnaeus, 1766) – Indian Baya Weaver – Pakistan (mostly on Indus floodplain), most of India (except SW), S Nepal and Sri Lanka.
  • P. p. travancoreensis Ali & Whistler, 1936 – SW India (from Goa S to Kerala and Travancore).
  • P. p. burmanicus Ticehurst, 1932 – NE India (West Bengal, Assam), S Bhutan, Bangladesh, N Myanmar and extreme S China (SW Yunnan).
  • P. p. angelorum Deignan, 1956 – N & C Thailand E to S Laos.
  • P. p. infortunatus E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – Oriental Baya Weaver – S Myanmar (Tenasserim), W & S Thailand, Cambodia, S Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Nias I, Java and Bali.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 18–28 g. Medium-sized weaver. Male nominate race breeding has forehead and crown yellow becoming browner on nape, with mantle and back feathers dark brown... read more


    Song a series of chittering notes, followed by a wheezy whistle, a buzz and finally some chirps,... read more


    Grassland, scrub with scattered trees, mangroves and cultivated areas; generally open country near... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet seeds, including those of Phalaris minor, Echinochloa colonum, Pennisetum typhoideum, cultivated rice (... read more


    Season May–Sept in Pakistan, Apr–Oct in India (local variation depending on monsoon rainfall, while timing of male sexual... read more


    Altitudinal migrant in Himalayas, moving to lower levels in winter months. Elsewhere resident,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread and often locally abundant. Less common in Sundas, where formerly common but now greatly reduced in numbers; possibly extinct in E Java... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2020). Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus). 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).