Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Black-chinned Weaver (Ploceus nigrimentus)


French: Tisserin à menton noir German: Schwarzkinnweber Spanish: Tejedor gorjinegro

Ploceus nigrimentus


, 1904,

Galanga, Huambo, Angola




SE Gabon, SC Congo and adjacent SW DRCongo (Batéké Plateau); Angola (old records from Cuanza Sul and Huambo; recently found breeding in Lunda Norte#R).

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Male has forehead and crown yellow, washed with orange-rufous, nape golden-yellow, lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat black; mantle and upper back black, lower... read more


Song described as a distinctive short phrase, "whit-pu pui trrr pui". Harsh "chi-chi-cheep" and "... read more


Open savanna with bushes and trees (e.g. Hymenocardia acida) up to 8 m tall; mostly at 500... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach contents of museum specimens were grass seeds and insects. Noted in pairs or small groups, often in canopy of low trees.


Breeding reported as being "semi-colonial"; season not recorded. Nest similar to other Ploceus weavers, especially P... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally not uncommon. Global range relatively small, but no indication that this species is at any risk. Recent surveys in PRCongo suggest at least... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & de Juana, E. (2020). Black-chinned Weaver (Ploceus nigrimentus). 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).