Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-tailed Weaver (Histurgops ruficauda)


French: Histurgopse à queue rouge German: Rotschwanzweber Spanish: Tejedor colirrojo

Histurgops ruficauda


, 1887,

Wembaere, Tanzania




NC Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

21 cm; 60–70 g. Large, mottled weaver with pale iris and rufous outer tail feathers. Head, mantle and back are dark brown with pale feather edges, rump and uppertail-... read more


Song an extended string of nasal skirls and slurs, often sung from nest. Contact or alarm call a... read more


Inhabits thornveld and grassland, especially on black cotton soils, at altitude range of 1100... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes seeds, insects and fruit; locusts (Orthoptera) in stomach contents, which generally contain more insects than seeds. Forages... read more


Breeding recorded in May–Jun, Aug and Oct–Feb. Monogamous; colonial, with up to 30 nests in one tree. Nest a cylindrical ball... read more


Apparently resident, present at colonies throughout year.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Serengeti Plains EBA. Locally very common. Small global range, confined to NC Tanzania, but present in large... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Rufous-tailed Weaver (Histurgops ruficauda). 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 16 February 2020).