Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Nelicourvi Weaver (Ploceus nelicourvi)


French: Tisserin nélicourvi German: Grünweber Spanish: Tejedor malgache

Parvus [Parus] nelicourvi


, 1786,



In the past considered conspecific with P. sakalava. Monotypic.


N & E Madagascar (Mt d’Ambre, and from Tsaratanana E to Sambava and S to Tolagnaro).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 20–28 g. Male has black forehead and crown down to ear-coverts, forming well-marked helmet; upperparts and upperwing plain olive-green, tail brownish-green; chin... read more


Swizzling call, and a nasal "tiang tiang".


Rainforest and secondary forest, from sea-level to 1950 m; also in E littoral forest on sandy soils... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily insects and other arthropods; spiders (Araneae), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera)... read more


Breeds Sept–Dec. Monogamous, probably with long-term pair-bond. Solitary, with nests widely separated; sometimes two nests at a site... read more


No detailed information; adults likely to be resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to fairly common. May be vulnerable to habitat loss from forest clearing, but seems able to survive in secondary habitats and in some... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Nelicourvi Weaver (Ploceus nelicourvi). 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).