Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Blue-billed Malimbe (Malimbus nitens)


French: Malimbe à bec bleu German: Rotkehlweber Spanish: Malimbo piquiazul

Ploceus nitens

J. E. Gray

, 1831,

Sierra Leone




SW Senegal, W Guinea-Bissau, W & S Guinea and Sierra Leone E to SW Togo, S Benin, S Nigeria, SW & S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic, S to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, N & W Congo, and NW & NE Angola (Cabinda and N Lunda Norte), also N, SW & SC DRCongo E to extreme SW South Sudan (Bengangai Forest) and W Uganda (Bwamba).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; male 38–47 g, female 29–36 g. Male plumage is entirely black, except for deep red patch on breast, extent of red individually variable (on some reaching... read more


Song consists of a mixture of warbling notes and shrill elements, "chisisisi-wer chi-wurrr... read more


Primary and secondary forest, particularly in swampy areas with Raphia palms, and in oil... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily insects and other arthropods, but in Ivory Coast recorded as 40% arthropods, 30% fruit, 30% other material; some vegetable... read more


Breeds in Jun–Jul in Senegal, Nov–Mar in Liberia, Jun–Mar in Ivory Coast, Jun–Jul and Sept–Oct in Ghana, Apr... read more


Generally considered sedentary; appears to move over larger area within forests when not breeding,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common; uncommon in extreme E of range (W Uganda). Most widely distributed member of genus. In addition to current known range, an old... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & de Juana, E. (2020). Blue-billed Malimbe (Malimbus nitens). 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 20 February 2020).