Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Preuss's Weaver (Ploceus preussi)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin de Preuss German: Preussweber Spanish: Tejedor de Preuss
Taxonomy:

Symplectes preussi

Reichenow

, 1892,

Victoria, Cameroon

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

SC & SE Guinea, E Sierra Leone, N Liberia, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana, E Nigeria (Obudu Plateau), W & S Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, N Gabon, W Congo, SW Central African Republic, and SW, NE & E DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; c. 31 g. Male has forehead and crown down to eye orange-brown, hindcrown and nape orange-brown with black filoplumes protruding; mantle and back golden-yellow, some... read more

Voice

No song described; harsh "chwep" call reported.

Habitat

Primary and secondary evergreen forests, generally above 1000 m. In Gabon found in regenerating... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including their eggs and larvae, with grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera) noted; also spiders (... read more

Breeding

Specimens with enlarged gonads and sightings of dependent juveniles indicate breeding in Nov in Liberia, Aug in Cameroon, and Mar, Jun, Aug... read more

Movements

Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce to locally uncommon. Distribution very patchy, as forest habitat throughout its range is fragmented and reduced.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Preuss's Weaver (Ploceus preussi). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61060 on 15 December 2017).