Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Katanga Masked Weaver (Ploceus katangae)


French: Tisserin du Katanga German: Katangaweber Spanish: Tejedor de Katanga

Sitagra velata katangae


, 1947,

Musosa, Zambia


Usually considered conspecific with P. upembae; see that species (above). In the past often considered conspecific with P. velatus, P. ruweti, P. reichardi and P. vitellinus. Monotypic.


SE DRCongo (R Luapula) and N & W sectors of NE Zambia (from L Mweru and Nkamba S to Bangweulu area).

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Small weaver. Adult male breeding has black forehead, lores, cheeks, ear-coverts, chin and throat, extending to breast as a bib; crown saffron-yellow, nape golden-... read more


Song an extended chatter. “Chuk” contact calls.


Wetlands and riverine vegetation with extensive reedbeds and papyrus (Cyperus papyrus);... read more

Food and feeding

No information. Diet presumably seeds, at times supplemented with insects.


Breeds Jan–Mar in DRCongo and Sept–Oct and Mar in Zambia. Presumably polygynous. In small colonies, but solitary nests also noted. Nest... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Taxonomic status unclear, but very localized distribution (c. 98,100 km²) and population numbers unknown, but believed to be... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Katanga Masked Weaver (Ploceus katangae). 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 29 March 2020).