Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Forest Fody (Foudia omissa)


French: Foudi de forêt German: Rothschildweber Spanish: Fodi forestal

Foudia omissa


, 1912,

Tamatave, Madagascar


Sometimes regarded as conspecific with F. eminentissima or with F. madagascariensis. Monotypic.


E Madagascar from Montagne d’Ambre and Tsaratanana S to Tolagnaro.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 15–24 g. Male breeding has forehead, crown and nape red, mantle and back olive-brown with dark central streaks (some feathers red-tipped), rump and uppertail-... read more


Song described as similar to that of F. madagascariensis.


Intact evergreen forest, from sea-level to 2000 m.

Food and feeding

Feeds on seeds, insects and nectar; recorded items include seeds of Sloanea and nectar from flowers of Strongylodon, ... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Jan. Apparently monogamous. Nesting not recorded as being distinct from that of F. madagascariensis... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Evidence of hybridization with F. madagascariensis suggests that fragmentation of forest could possibly lead to disappearance... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Forest Fody (Foudia omissa). 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 21 February 2020).