Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Red-crowned Malimbe (Malimbus coronatus)


French: Malimbe couronné German: Kronenweber Spanish: Malimbo coronado

Malimbus coronatus


, 1906,

Ja River, Cameroon




S Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, N Gabon, SE Central African Republic and NW Congo E to N & E DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 32 g. Male has scarlet-red oval patch on crown, rest of plumage glossy black; iris dark red; bill and legs black. Female has completely black plumage; bare parts as... read more


Song described as very high-pitched series of trills, varying in speed and pitch. Chattering call... read more


Lowland primary forest, sometimes in swamp-forest and mature secondary forest.

Food and feeding

Insectivorous; stomachs of 19 specimens contained only insect material, including eggs and larvae, beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (... read more


Breeds mainly Nov–Feb (also Mar–Apr) in Gabon, Dec and Mar in PRCongo, and Jan–Mar and Sept in DRCongo. Monogamous. Group... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally not uncommon. Present in a number of national parks in several countries.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2018). Red-crowned Malimbe (Malimbus coronatus). 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 March 2018).