Family Weavers (Ploceidae)


Kilombero Weaver (Ploceus burnieri)


French: Tisserin de Burnier German: Kilomberoweber Spanish: Tejedor de Kilombero

Ploceus burnieri

N. E. Baker and E. M. Baker

, 1990,

Kilombero River, Tanzania




SC Tanzania (R Kilombero floodplain).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; male 17–21 g, female 14–17 g. Male breeding has yellow head, washed tawny-orange on forehead and crown, lores, cheek, chin and throat black with chestnut-... read more


Song reported as rambling, including chips and squeaks. Contact call "chuk", harsher in alarm.


Seasonally flooded grasslands in river floodplain, below 300 m; occurs in extensive riverside... read more

Food and feeding

Grass seeds recorded in stomach contents; dried fish and domestic refuse also taken. Forages in groups; seen to feed on the ground before... read more


Breeds Dec–Feb. Probably polygynous. Colonial, with up to 30 nests together, but solitary nests also noted. Nest oval, with downward-... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Kilombero Floodplain Secondary Area. Locally common. Has very small global range, limited to area of less than 1500 km2 in... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Kilombero Weaver (Ploceus burnieri). 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).