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

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). 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 23 November 2017).