Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Bertram's Weaver (Ploceus bertrandi)


French: Tisserin de Bertram German: Malawiweber Spanish: Tejedor de Malawi

Hyphantornis bertrandi


, 1893,

Zomba, Malawi




SW & E Tanzania, NE Zambia, Malawi and NW Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 35–43 g. Male has golden yellow on forehead to upper nape, with strong orange-tawny wash on forecrown, black nuchal patch, the yellow becoming golden green on... read more


Song starts with a squeaky phrase, followed by several swizzles, clicking notes, a modulated... read more


Open woodland and thickets along rivers, miombo (Brachystegia) woodland, forest edge and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and nectar recorded in diet. Forages in pairs and in small groups of five or six individuals. Gleans insects from vegetation.


Breeds in Apr in Tanzania, Nov–Dec in Zambia, and Aug–Apr (also record of fledged young fed by adults in May) in Malawi.... read more


Presumed resident. Ringed individuals in Malawi recaptured 25–52 months later.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common. Occurs in more open types of habitat, including cultivated and disturbed areas; not restricted to montane forest.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Bertram's Weaver (Ploceus bertrandi). 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 26 February 2020).