Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Rachel's Malimbe (Malimbus racheliae)


French: Malimbe de Rachel German: Rachelweber Spanish: Malimbo de Rachel

Sycobius Racheliæ


, 1857,

River Muni, Equatorial Guinea




SE Nigeria, W & SW Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and NC Gabon.

Descriptive notes

15–17 cm. Male has orange-red forehead and crown, passing into yellow on nape; upperparts, including wing and tail, black; lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat... read more


Song described as short, ending in buzzing, reminiscent of that of Ploceus cucullatus.... read more


Lowland primary forest, at forest edge in groves of parasol trees (Musanga ceropiodes);... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous; in Gabon, caterpillars and moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and mantids (Mantodea) noted in diet. Forages... read more


Nest-building activity and sightings of dependent juveniles indicate breeding in Apr, Jun and Nov in Nigeria and Mar, Jun and Nov in Gabon... read more


Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Cameroon and Gabon Lowlands EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common; apparently sparsely distributed throughout... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Rachel's Malimbe (Malimbus racheliae). 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).