Family Weavers (Ploceidae)


Gola Malimbe (Malimbus ballmanni)


French: Malimbe de Ballmann German: Ballmannweber Spanish: Malimbo de Gola
Other common names: Ballmann's Malimbe, Tai Malimbe

Malimbus ballmanni


, 1974,

between Cavally and Keibli Rivers, north-west of Tai, south-western Ivory Coast


Includes M. golensis, which is a synonym#R. Monotypic.


Extreme E Sierra Leone (Gola Forest) and adjacent W Liberia; E Liberia and adjacent W Ivory Coast, and recently located in extreme SE Guinea.

Descriptive notes

15–17 cm. Male has most of plumage black; golden-yellow patch on nape washed with tawny-orange at margins, large yellow breast patch with some tawny-orange wash,... read more


Both sexes sing throughout year. Male song "cheg chig cheg cheg chega zzzzzzzz", very like that of... read more


Lowland evergreen forest, and recorded also in logged high forest and very old secondary forest;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily insects, probably including mantids (Mantodea) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera); most prey items less than 3 cm in length.... read more


Nest-building activity suggest breeding probably in Jun–Jul and Sept–Nov; dependent young noted Oct–Mar. Presumed... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in Upper Guinea Forests EBA. Rare to locally common. Has small total range within which its habitat is highly threatened, and... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Gola Malimbe (Malimbus ballmanni). 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 17 February 2020).