Family Weavers (Ploceidae)


Ibadan Malimbe (Malimbus ibadanensis)


French: Malimbe d’Ibadan German: Ibadanweber Spanish: Malimbo de Ibadán

Malimbus ibadanensis


, 1958,

Ibadan, Nigeria




SW Nigeria (around Ibadan and in the Ifon Forest Reserve).

Descriptive notes

17–20 cm; male 40–44 g, female 33–39 g. Male has forehead, crown and nape scarlet-red, linked by collar to red breast, which merges irregularly onto black... read more


Song described as “chup ee wurr” followed by a “zzzzzzzz” wheeze; both sexes noted as singing from... read more


Forest patches and forest edges, also secondary forest and woodland, often along tracks and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet from stomach contents includes insects, caterpillars (Lepidoptera), winged ants (Formicidae), alate termites (Isoptera) and palm nuts... read more


Breeds mainly May–Aug, but nesting recorded also in Feb, Sept, Oct and Dec; may be double-brooded. Monogamous. Solitary nester. Nest... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in South-west Nigeria Secondary Area. Uncommon and local. Has very small global range and small population. Alleged sightings of... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Ibadan Malimbe (Malimbus ibadanensis). 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 26 February 2020).