Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Red-bellied Malimbe (Malimbus erythrogaster)


French: Malimbe à ventre rouge German: Rotbauchweber Spanish: Malimbo ventrirrojo

Malimbus erythrogaster


, 1893,

Yaoundé, Cameroon


Birds from E DRCongo sometimes separated as race fagani, but considered indistinguishable from those in rest of species’ range. Monotypic.


SE Nigeria, SW & S Cameroon, extreme SW Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, N & SW Congo, and NE & E DRCongo; old records from S Sudan (Bengangai Forest)#R and W Uganda (Bwamba Forest in Semliki Valley)#R.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 45 g. Male has black from lores extending posteriorly, slightly above eye, to ear-coverts and down to chin, throat and upper breast; forehead, crown and nape red,... read more


Song a sequence of phrases such as "tya-tya-tay", "tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee-chu-way" and "weeo-woy-woy"... read more


Inhabits both undisturbed lowland forest and regenerating forest; at 1000 m in Cameroon, and up to... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects; also small snails (Mollusca), insect eggs, fruit and seeds in some stomachs. Insects recorded include caterpillars (... read more


Breeds Jul in Nigeria, Feb–Mar in Cameroon and Gabon, and Dec in PRCongo; in DRCongo, Mar in Itombwe and Mar–Apr and Aug–... read more


Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to rare within forested region. Old records from S Sudan (Bengengai Forest) and W Uganda (Bwamba and Semliki area).

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Red-bellied Malimbe (Malimbus erythrogaster). 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 19 February 2020).