Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Orange Weaver (Ploceus aurantius)


French: Tisserin orangé German: Königsweber Spanish: Tejedor anaranjado

Malimbus aurantius


, 1808,

#R, Malembo, Cabinda, Angola


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. aurantius (Vieillot, 1808) – SE Sierra Leone E along coast (including some offshore islets) to SE Ghana, S Togo, S Benin#R and S & SE Nigeria, W & S Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon (coast and Ivindo Basin), S Central African Republic, Congo (mainly coast and R Congo region), coast and rivers in DRCongo (E discontinuously to upper Uele and Semliki Valley, and middle R Sankuru), and coastal N Angola (Cabinda S to Luanda).
  • P. a. rex Neumann, 1908 – S Uganda, extreme W Kenya and NW Tanzania in L Victoria Basin.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 21–29 g. Male nominate race has head to nape and breast orange, black loral line; mantle and back olive-green, rump orange-yellow, tail olive-brown; upperwing... read more


    Song a rambling series of notes, musical in quality, lacking harshness of many other weaver songs;... read more


    Mangroves, thickets in coastal lagoons and estuaries in W Africa, inland along major rivers;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruit (berries, fruit pulp and seeds in stomach contents); also insects, including adults and eggs of locusts (Acridi­dae), beetles (... read more


    Breeds in Oct–Apr in Liberia, Jun–Jul in Ghana and Togo, Feb, Jun, Sept and Nov–Dec in Nigeria, Oct–Mar in Gabon,... read more


    Presumed resident; individuals on offshore islets commute to mainland for foraging.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common to not uncommon. Wide distribution, but often localized, and uncommon in many parts.

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2020). Orange Weaver (Ploceus aurantius). 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 February 2020).