Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Red-headed Fody (Foudia eminentissima)


French: Foudi des Comores German: Komorenweber Spanish: Fodi cabecirrojo
Other common names: Comoros Fody

Foudia eminentissimus


, 1850,

Zanzibar; error = Mohéli (Mwali) Island, Comoro Islands


Hitherto treated as conspecific with F. consobrina and until recently with F. aldabrana; see those two (above). Each of the subspecies is distinctive in plumage#R; research, including vocal studies, required. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. e. eminentissima Bonaparte, 1850 – Mohéli (Mwali), in WC Comoros.
  • F. e. anjuanensis (A. Milne-Edwards & Oustalet, 1888) – Anjouan (Ndzuani), in C Comoros.
  • F. e. algondae (Schlegel, 1867) – Mayotte (Maore), in SE Comoros.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 22–27 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead, crown, nape, chin, throat, chest, cheek and ear-coverts scarlet-red; lores black, eyestripe extending behind... read more


    Song a sequence of high-pitched yodels, then a short trill, followed by a rising series of notes;... read more


    Forested areas, habitat choice varying somewhat among islands; on Mayotte not found in intact... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insectivorous; also consumes seeds, fruits and nectar. Insects include damselflies (Odonata), adult beetles (Coleoptera),... read more


    Breeds Nov–Apr on Aldabra and Oct–Mar on Mayotte. Monogamous. Male defends territory of c. 650 m2 (average on Aldabra). Male... read more


    Resident. Patchy distribution on Mayotte and apparent genetic differentiation of subgroups no more... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Aldraba EBA and Comoro Islands EBA. Reasonably common. Population on Aldabra 1000–3000 pairs; population... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2018). Red-headed Fody (Foudia eminentissima). 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 20 October 2018).