Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Olive-naped Weaver (Ploceus brachypterus)


French: Tisserin pirate German: Olivnackenweber Spanish: Tejedor nuquiverde

Ploceus brachypterus


, 1837,

no locality = Senegal


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. nigricollis, but differs in its pale vs dark eye (3); olive vs black hindneck (3); olive-green vs olive-tinged blackish-grey upperparts in male (2); yellowish-olive vs dark olive or black crown in female (ns[2]); bill marginally longer (effect size 1.42; score 1); presumed narrow hybrid zone in S Cameroon (2). Birds from Bioko described as additional race (po) on basis of longer and heavier bill; possibly worthy of recognition, but further study required. Treated as monotypic.


Gambia and S Senegal E to Nigeria; also Bioko.

Descriptive notes

15–17 cm; 21–39 g. Adult male has yellow forehead and crown washed golden-orange, broader, elliptical dark mask compared to P. nigricollis, deeper orange-chestnut... read more


No known differences between this species and formerly conspecific P. nigricollis, but... read more


Wooded country, ranging from savanna woodland to gallery forest, farmbush, forest clearings and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants and winged ants (... read more


Breeds Jul–Nov in Senegambia, Sept in Guinea-Bissau, Sept–Oct in Liberia, Jan–Sept in Ghana, Jul in Burkina Faso, and Jun–Sept in Nigeria.... read more


Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common and widespread. Estimated density of c. 1 bird/50 ha in Ivory Coast savanna. Present in many protected areas within... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Olive-naped Weaver (Ploceus brachypterus). 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).