Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Black-breasted Weaver (Ploceus benghalensis)


French: Tisserin du Bengale German: Bengalenweber Spanish: Tejedor bengalí
Other common names: Bengal Weaver

Loxia benghalensis


, 1758,





NE & SE Pakistan (in Indus floodplain), N India (mainly in Ganges floodplain from Punjab E to West Bengal and Assam), S Nepal and Bangladesh; old records from S Myanmar and S China (Yunnan) doubtful. Introduced to Qatar.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 18–22 g. Male breeding has forehead and crown golden-yellow, nape to back dark brown, mantle with some pale feather fringes, rump light brown; upperwing and tail... read more


Song a very soft series of sibilant notes, ending in low-pitched buzzing, directed to female at... read more


Lowland grassy areas near water, with tall standing grass and reeds; primarily in areas subject to... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly seeds, including those of grasses Echinochloa colonum, Phalaris minor, Perotis, rice (Oryza... read more


Season Jun–Oct in India. Polygynous. Colonial, often nesting together with other weaver species. Males court with quivering wings,... read more


Apparently resident; some local movements in non-breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally abundant. Occasional records in Bhutan. Old reports of this species from Myanmar considered doubtful, and reports from S China (Yunnan) more... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Black-breasted Weaver (Ploceus benghalensis). 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 24 February 2020).