Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula)


French: Tisserin de Rüppell German: Gilbweber Spanish: Tejedor de Rüppell

Ploceus galbula


, 1840,

Modat Valley, Eritrea




NE & E Sudan, N Eritrea (including Dahlak Archipelago), C & NE Ethiopia, Djibouti, N Somalia, and S Arabian Peninsula (SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen, W Oman); old record from NE Kenya.

Introduced to Kuwait.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; male 20–29 g, female 16–21 g. Male breeding has forehead back to level of eye and down to lores, cheek and ear-coverts chestnut-brown; crown golden-yellow... read more


Song a series of chattering sounds, followed by a swizzling element, and ending in chatter, "chuk-... read more


Savanna, arid coastal plains, cultivated areas and waterside vegetation; also gardens. From sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Diet reported as seeds, including those of cereal crops. Forages in small groups and in larger flocks. In Arabia usually in groups of 10... read more


In Sudan, season May–Aug in Gedaref area, Mar–May elsewhere; breeds in all months except Jun–Aug in Eritrea, all months... read more


Resident; move short distances away from breeding areas after nesting. Probably nomadic in more... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally abundant. An old record from NE Kenya. Considered a pest of grain crops in some areas; causes damage to cereal crops such as millet, sorghum... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula). 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).