Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Near Threatened

Fox's Weaver (Ploceus spekeoides)


French: Tisserin de Fox German: Ugandaweber Spanish: Tejedor de Fox

Ploceus spekeoides

C. H. B. Grant and Mackworth-Praed

, 1947,

Ngariam, Teso, Uganda




C Uganda.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Male has forehead, crown and nape golden-yellow; mantle and back black, outer feathers with narrow yellow fringes, rump yellow, tail light brown; upperwing brown,... read more




Bushed and wooded grassland in swampy areas; associated particularly with papyrus (Cyperus... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Seeds identified in stomach contents; probably takes insects, too.


Breeds May–Aug. Mating system unknown; apparently colonial. Nest described as oval, roughly woven and lacking entrance tunnel. No... read more


Presumed resident; appears to leave breeding areas in dry season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in North Ugandan Swamps Secondary Area. Very poorly known species. Has very... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Fox's Weaver (Ploceus spekeoides). 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 26 February 2020).