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

12–15 cm; 22 g (one male). Adult male has lores, cheeks, ear-coverts and chin black (forming mask around eye), mantle to scapulars and uppertail-coverts brownish grey,... read more


Not known to differ from vocalizations of formerly conspecific A. rubriceps. Song... read more


Found in range of more or less wooded habitats from dry forests (in Senegal) to small forest... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily insects; some plant material taken, including acacia seeds, Premna fruit, and fruit of the mistletoe ... read more


Breeds Dec–Mar in Ghana (also Oct) and Togo, Nov–May in Nigeria, Feb–May, Oct and Dec in Ethiopia (and males seen in... read more


Mainly resident; some local wandering, moving away from nesting areas after breeding. Three old... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widely distributed and regionally common. Generally uncommon to rare and local in NW of range, e.g. only very locally common in Ghana... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 26 February 2020).