Family Weavers (Ploceidae)


Clarke's Weaver (Ploceus golandi)


French: Tisserin de Clarke German: Golandweber Spanish: Tejedor de Clarke

Heterhyphantes golandi

S. R. Clarke

, 1913,

Mombasa, Kenya




Coastal SE Kenya (vicinity of Malindi).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; male 23–27 g, female 21–25 g. Male has black head to back and down to breast, rump bright olive-green with yellow feather fringes; tail dark olive-green;... read more


Song not described. Chattering and sizzling sounds, or insistent "sss sss" calls from... read more


Coastal forest; most frequent in miombo (Brachystegia) woodland.

Food and feeding

Diet insects such as beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and scale insects (Coccoidea); also fruits of Loranthus,... read more


No definite information until recently, being speculated that nests might be solitary, high in trees. In 2013 the first breeding colony was... read more


Presumed resident. Observed most often in Aug–Mar, with few records Dec–Feb, suggesting... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in East African coastal forests EBA. Global population estimated in early 1980s at fewer than 4000 individuals, and no... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Clarke's Weaver (Ploceus golandi). 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).