Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Bob-tailed Weaver (Brachycope anomala)


French: Brachycope du Congo German: Kurzschwanzweber Spanish: Tejedor anómalo

Ploceus anomalus


, 1887,

Stanley Falls (Boyoma Falls), DRCongo




SE Cameroon (on R Sangha tributaries), Congo (on R Congo and R Ubangi drainage), S Central African Republic (on R Ubangi) and DRCongo (on R Congo, R Ubangi, R Uele and R Ariwumi, with old record from Boma); recently recorded in NW Angola (R Luinga)#R.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 20–30 g. Small, very short-tailed weaver. Male breeding has yellow forehead and crown, black lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat; nape, upperparts and... read more


Song a few liquid chirping notes; harsh "jit" calls.


Grassy cleared areas near major rivers in rainforest.

Food and feeding

Diet apparently seeds (stomach contents); insects also likely. Forages on ground, where it hops.


Breeding reported in Sept in Cameroon; in DRCongo, in Jan, Mar, Apr, Jun and Sept–Oct (may vary regionally). Mating system appears to... read more


Presumed to be predominantly resident. Dispersal evidently sufficient for colonization of recent... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Reported as locally common, but few recent data. Recent sight records from NE Angola. Few protected areas lie within this species geographical range... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Bob-tailed Weaver (Brachycope anomala). 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 26 February 2020).