Family Weavers (Ploceidae)


Golden-naped Weaver (Ploceus aureonucha)


French: Tisserin à nuque d’or German: Goldnackenweber Spanish: Tejedor nuquigualdo

Ploceus aureonucha


, 1920,

Mawambi, DRCongo


Taxonomic status uncertain; possibly not a valid species but, instead, a hybrid between e.g. P. nigerrimus and P. tricolor, or perhaps specimens represent subadult of P. tricolor; further research required, but very few specimens available. Monotypic.


NE DRCongo (Ituri region) and adjacent W Uganda (Semliki National Park)#R#R.

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Male has black forehead and crown, orange-brown hindcrown, orange-yellow band and golden-yellow collar on nape; upperparts, including upperwing and tail, black, mantle... read more


Call in flock described as a weak chatter.


Lowland evergreen forest, also forest edge, and in tall emergent trees above secondary forest.

Food and feeding

Insects and fruit found in stomach contents. Observed in forest canopy.


One specimen had enlarged gonads in Sept, and reports of fledged young being fed in Jun. No other information.


No information.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in Eastern Zaïre lowlands EBA. Very poorly known, with very few records. Rare. After 1926, was not recorded again for 60... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Golden-naped Weaver (Ploceus aureonucha). 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).