Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Heuglin's Masked Weaver (Ploceus heuglini)


French: Tisserin masqué German: Heuglinweber Spanish: Tejedor de Heuglin

Ploceus heuglini


, 1886,

Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan




S Senegal, Gambia, S Mali, Ivory Coast and S Burkina Faso E to SW Niger, N Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad and N Central African Republic, also SW South Sudan, NE DRCongo, and W & C Uganda E to extreme W Kenya.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 21–28·5 g. Male breeding has golden-yellow forehead and crown, greenish-yellow nape; mantle and back olive-green with faint central streaks on feathers, rump... read more


Song described as a long phrase of swizzling sounds, chatters and rattles, such as "chukakakakaka-... read more


Savanna woodland, coastal thickets, secondary scrubland and around farms and villages; generally... read more

Food and feeding

Diet apparently predominantly arthropods, including spiders (Araneae), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), dragonflies (... read more


Breeds Aug in Senegal, Jul and Sept–Oct in Mali, Mar–Jul in Ghana, Aug–Sept in Togo, May–Sept in Benin, May–... read more


Moves away from breeding areas after nesting. In Nigeria, movements apparently related to regional... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common, although patchy in distribution. On Lamto savanna, in Ivory Coast, density of 4 pairs/50 ha in dry season and 7 pairs/50 ha in wet... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Heuglin's Masked Weaver (Ploceus heuglini). 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 22 February 2020).