Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis)


French: Tisserin à cou noir German: Kurzflügelweber Spanish: Tejedor cuellinegro

Malimbus nigricollis


, 1808,

#R, Malembo, Angola


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. brachypterus, which see. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. n. nigricollis (Vieillot, 1808) – Cameroon E to extreme S South Sudan, Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania, and S to N Angola and S DRCongo.
  • P. n. melanoxanthus (Cabanis, 1878) – S Ethiopia, S Somalia, C & E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 23·1–30 g (nominate), 21·9–27·6 g (melanoxanthus). Adult male nominate race has forehead, crown and nape tawny-orange, mantle, back and upperwing grey-... read more


    Song short and loud, “wriou wriouu wizzz”; songs of a single male showed considerable variation.... read more


    Wooded country, ranging from savanna woodland to gallery forest, forest clearings and edges,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants and winged ants (... read more


    Breeds mainly Mar–Apr and Aug–Sept in Cameroon (note some of these records refer to hybrids with P. brachypterus), in most months... read more


    Presumed sedentary; of 51 individuals ringed in DRCongo, nine recaptured or found dead at same site... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common through W part of range; less numerous in E, where uncommon in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, but locally common in Kenya... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis). 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).