Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon Weaver (Ploceus badius)


French: Tisserin cannelle German: Schulterfleckenweber Spanish: Tejedor canela

Hyphantornis badius


, 1850,

Fazogli, Sudan


Has hybridized with P. taeniopterus in Sudan#R#R. Birds from S of range sometimes separated as race axillaris (described from Shambe district of White Nile). Monotypic.


C & SE Sudan and South Sudan (on Nile floodplain).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; male 18·5–28 g, female 16–24 g. Male breeding has forehead and crown, lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat black, extending as bib onto breast... read more


Vocalizations recently described; repertoire of male similar to that of male P. ... read more


Tall grassland near rivers, with some bushes and scattered trees.

Food and feeding

Diet seeds; no details recorded. Gregarious, in small flocks in non-breeding season; roosts communally in tall trees with dense foliage.


Breeds Sept–Oct. Possibly monogamous. Colonial. Nest roughly globular, with entrance at one side near top, closely woven from grass... read more


Nomadic, returning seasonally to breeding areas.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to abundant. Occurs in some protected areas, although heavy hunting pressure reported in Bandingilo National Park.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Cinnamon Weaver (Ploceus badius). 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 25 February 2020).