Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Northern Masked Weaver (Ploceus taeniopterus)


French: Tisserin du Nil German: Goldmantelweber Spanish: Tejedor del Nilo

Ploceus taeniopterus


, 1863,



Has hybridized with P. melanocephalus in NE DRCongo; recent observation of hybridization with P. badius in Sudan#R. Birds from Darfur (W Sudan) described as race furensis, but fall within general range of plumage variation of the species. Monotypic.


W, S & E Sudan, South Sudan, W & SW Ethiopia, NE DRCongo, and W Kenya (L Baringo and L Bogoria).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 20–27 g. Male breeding has black face from forehead back to just behind eyes and extending into bib on breast, bordered with dark chestnut-brown on crown and... read more


Song hesitant and jerky, with unmusical terminal flourish. Harsh, grating alarm call reminiscent of... read more


Tall grassland with scattered acacia trees (Acacia); along larger rivers, and swamps.... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily seeds, including those of cultivated sorghum and millet; also insects. Stomach contents included beetle (Coleoptera),... read more


Breeds Aug–Oct in Sudan, Jul–Nov in DRCongo and May–Sept in Kenya. Polygynous. Colonial, in small groups of up to ten... read more


Presumed resident, with small local movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant in Sudan. Occurs in many isolated and sparsely populated areas. In the past, large flocks caused damage to crops... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Northern Masked Weaver (Ploceus taeniopterus). 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 20 February 2020).