Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Golden-backed Weaver (Ploceus jacksoni)


French: Tisserin à dos d’or German: Jacksonweber Spanish: Tejedor de Jackson

Ploceus jacksoni


, 1888,

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


May hybridize with P. castanops in Uganda. Monotypic.


S South Sudan, Uganda, W & S Kenya, N, C & E Tanzania and Burundi. Introduced in United Arab Emirates.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 22–30 g, female 19–22. Male breeding has entire head to nape and throat black, sharply demarcated from chrome-yellow mantle, becoming greenish-washed... read more


Song complex, a rambling series of high-pitched hissing notes and low snoring sounds. Short song... read more


Primarily in wetland areas, in swamps, ambatch (Aeschynomene elaphroxylon), reeds and... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds recorded; presumably also insects, as it uses prying action of bill.


Breeds Feb–Jun and Oct–Dec (peak of laying Apr–May) in Uganda, Mar–Jun in Kenya, and Sept and Nov–Jun in... read more


Presumed resident; irruptive movements reported in response to heavy rainfall. Male in Kenya... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Outside natural range, has bred in United Arab Emirates since 1992, presumably as a result of accidental escape of captives.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Golden-backed Weaver (Ploceus jacksoni). 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 20 February 2020).