Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Preuss's Weaver (Ploceus preussi)


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

Symplectes preussi


, 1892,

Victoria, Cameroon




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


No song described; harsh "chwep" call reported.


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 27 February 2020).