Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Brown-capped Weaver (Ploceus insignis)


French: Tisserin à cape brune German: Braunkappenweber Spanish: Tejedor insigne

Sycobrotus insignis


, 1891,

Mount Elgon, Uganda


Birds from Bioko described as race unicus, but appear inseparable from those on mainland; similarly, proposed differences between W African and E African populations not supported in examination of museum material. Treated as monotypic.


SE Nigeria (Obudu and Mambilla Plateaux), SW Cameroon and Bioko; S South Sudan (Imatong Mts and Dongatona Mts), E DRCongo, W Rwanda, W Burundi, SW & E Uganda, W Kenya and N & W Tanzania; W Angola (Gabela, in Cuanza Sul); recorded once in NE Gabon and SW Congo.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 26–30 g. Male has forehead, crown and nape chestnut-brown, lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat black; upperparts yellow, mantle with narrow black feather... read more


Song reported as having several cadences, with descending whistles followed by a swizzle, "chi-bo-... read more


Tall montane forest and bamboo forest, also secondary forests, gallery forest and coffee... read more

Food and feeding

Details of diet primarily from stomach contents; includes insects, such as caterpillars (Lepidoptera), and fruit. Moves at all levels in... read more


Recorded in Mar and Dec in Cameroon, Mar and Oct in Sudan, Jan in E DRCongo (Itombwe), Aug–Sept and Dec in Uganda, and Jan–Apr... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally not uncommon in much of range; uncommon in Angola (recorded only from Gabela). One record from NE Gabon. Restricted to... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Brown-capped Weaver (Ploceus insignis). 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 23 February 2020).