Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Northern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus castanops)


French: Tisserin à gorge noire German: Riedweber Spanish: Tejedor gorjipardo norteño

Ploceus castanops


, 1888,

Wadelai, close to South Sudan border, north Uganda


May hybridize with P. melanocephalus or P. jacksoni in Uganda; both sight records and specimens of probable hybrids exist, and hybrid was previously described as a separate species, P. victoriae. Monotypic.


NE DRCongo, Rwanda, N Burundi, Uganda (except E), W Kenya and NW Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 18–27 g. Male has forehead chestnut-brown (width of band varying individually), crown and nape golden-yellow, mantle and back olive-green with darker streaks on... read more


Song a series of high-pitched chattering and squeaky notes. Long song in territorial defence, and... read more


Waterside vegetation along lakes and rivers, particularly papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet seeds, including millet; also insects. Forages in small flocks, often with other weavers, on the ground, in vegetation and on floating... read more


Breeds in all months, with peak egg-laying Mar–May and Sept, in Uganda; in Feb–May and Jul in DRCongo. Apparently monogamous.... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Northern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus castanops). 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 27 February 2020).