Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Northern Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes leuconotos)


French: Anaplecte à ailes rouges German: Schwarzwangenweber Spanish: Tejedor cabecirrojo norteño

Ploceus leuconotos

J. W. von Müller

, 1851,



Often previously considered a separate species from A. rubriceps and A. jubaensis, and this status here upheld on account of its (vs rubriceps) broad black mask vs black lores in male (2); red vs yellow edges of flight-feathers (3); grey vs yellowish head and throat in female (2); broad zone of hybridization (1). For differences from A. jubaensis see under that species. Monotypic.

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Senegambia, N Guinea, SW Mali, S Burkina Faso and N Ghana E to N Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad, N Central African Republic, W & S Sudan, C Eritrea, Ethiopia and NW Somalia, also South Sudan, NE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya and Tanzania S to N Zambia#R and N Malawi#R.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Northern Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes leuconotos). 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 16 December 2017).