Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Near Threatened

Rodrigues Fody (Foudia flavicans)


French: Foudi de Rodrigues German: Rodriguezweber Spanish: Fodi de Rodrigues

Foudia flavicans

A. Newton

, 1865,

Rodrigues Island




Rodrigues, in E Mascarene Is.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 13–17 g. Male breeding has golden-yellow head and nape, mantle and back more brownish-olive with broad dark central streaks, rump brown or pale yellow (variable... read more


Song includes melodious notes, terminating in a rattle or buzz; both male and female sing, although... read more


Remnant natural forest; also exotic trees and shrubs where sufficiently dense.

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and homopteran bugs; also spiders (Araneae); also takes some fruit, and seeds of... read more


Perhaps not seasonal, but opportunistic; records for Jul–Sept, Nov and Feb–Mar. Monogamous. Pair defends territory of 1000... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. It has been downlisted from Vulnerable following evidence that its population is larger than previously... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Rodrigues Fody (Foudia flavicans). 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 February 2020).