Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Near Threatened

Giant Weaver (Ploceus grandis)


French: Tisserin géant German: Riesenweber Spanish: Tejedor gigante

Hyphantornis grandis

G. R. Gray

, 1844,

São Tomé




São Tomé I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

22 cm; 62–65 g. Very large, stocky weaver. Male has most of head down to chin and throat black, blending into chestnut-brown on rear crown; mantle to upper back dull... read more


Song a series of chattering notes terminating in a wheeze, “pche pche pche pche pche pche... read more


Natural forest, plantations of cocoa, coffee and oil palms (Elaeis guineensis), and... read more

Food and feeding

Grass seeds, crushed nuts of cocoa trees, fruit of oil palm, papaya (Carica papaya), berries of Alchornea cordifolia;... read more


Egg-laying observed in Jan, copulation and nest-building noted in Dec, and juveniles in Mar–Apr. Monogamous. Solitary nester; highly... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in São Tomé EBA. Common on the island.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Giant Weaver (Ploceus grandis). 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).