Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Bocage's Weaver (Ploceus temporalis)


French: Tisserin de Bocage German: Bocageweber Spanish: Tejedor de Bocage

Hyphantornis temporalis


, 1880,

Caconda, Angola


In the past sometimes considered conspecific with P. capensis. Monotypic.


C & NE Angola, S DRCongo and NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 34–37 g. Male breeding has golden-yellow forehead and crown, olive-green nape, upperparts and tail; upperwing olive-brown, remiges with narrow yellow edges;... read more


Song a chattering series of notes, "shreti-shreti-shreti-shret shret". Contact call "chyap".


Streamside vegetation such as rank grassland, tall forbs, bushes and trees; to 1400 m in Zambia.

Food and feeding

Insects; beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera) recorded in stomach contents. Spiders (Araneae) in... read more


Breeds in May, Aug and Oct in Angola Aug–Oct in Zambia. Probably polygynous. Colonial; more than 30 nests at one site and up to 20 in... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known; considered uncommon within limited known range. Very local; range highly fragmented.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Bocage's Weaver (Ploceus temporalis). 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 19 February 2020).