Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Social-weaver (Pseudonigrita cabanisi)


French: Républicain de Cabanis German: Schwarzkappenweber Spanish: Tejedor social de Cabanis

Nigrita cabanisi

G. A. Fischer and Reichenow

, 1884,



In the past, this species sometimes treated within a separate genus, Somalita. Monotypic.


S Ethiopia and N & C Kenya S to NC Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 18–24 g. Small finch-like weaver with black cap and white underparts. Forehead and crown are black, ending in sharp line below eye and across nape; nape, mantle... read more


Only vocalizations reported are a mix of chirps and skirls, sounding very like calls of a sparrow... read more


Dry thornveld, generally below 1300 m. Sometimes found alongside P. arnaudi, and also with... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and also a few insects recorded amongst stomach contents. Forages on ground.


Breeds Feb–May; also Dec–Jan and Aug–Sept in Kenya. Monogamous; thought likely to be co-operative breeder. Colonial, up... read more


Non-breeding flocks described as being nomadic.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common, but very localized in distribution. Occurs primarily in regions sparsely populated by humans. Present in Yavello Wildlife Sanctuary,... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Black-capped Social-weaver (Pseudonigrita cabanisi). 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).