Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Golden Palm Weaver (Ploceus bojeri)


French: Tisserin palmiste German: Palmenweber Spanish: Tejedor palmero

Hyphantornis bojeri


, 1868,

#R, Mombasa, Kenya




SE Somalia and coastal Kenya (extending inland along rivers), also recorded in SE Ethiopia; presence in NE Tanzania unconfirmed#R.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 17–29 g. Male has most of head down to throat orange, bordered by chestnut-brown crescent on breast (better defined on some specimens than on others), nape olive... read more


Song described as a series of creaking notes, "eee-urr-twa-twee-twu". Low-pitched chattering from... read more


Palm savanna on coast, also riverine vegetation, extending into savanna in regions below 1200 m and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet seeds and insects. Gregarious.


Breeds in all months (peaks Oct and Jan) in Kenya, but May–Oct in Mombasa; May–Jul in Somalia, and Jun and Dec–Apr in... read more


Presumed resident, with some local wandering away from breeding areas.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Old records from upper R Jubba, in SE Ethiopia. Reported as damaging ripening crops in Somalia.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Golden Palm Weaver (Ploceus bojeri). 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).