Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Sakalava Weaver (Ploceus sakalava)


French: Tisserin sakalave German: Sakalavaweber Spanish: Tejedor sakalava

Ploceus sakalava


, 1861,



In the past sometimes placed in genus Foudia. Was sometimes considered conspecific with P. nelicourvi. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. s. sakalava Hartlaub, 1861 – N & W Madagascar.
  • P. s. minor (Delacour & Berlioz, 1931) – SW & S Madagascar.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 20–28 g. Male breeding has sharply demarcated yellow head to upper breast; feathers of mantle and scapulars grey-brown with ill-defined darker centres, fringed... read more


    Male has repetitive "chee-chee" song while fluttering wings. Flight call "treeyoo... read more


    Open country in drier lowlands, often in areas cleared for human settlement; also found in spiny-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Primarily granivorous, diet including some rice (Oryza); also insects and spiders (Araneae) taken regularly, especially when... read more


    Timing may be determined by local rainfall, Sept–Oct in N Madagascar and Nov–Apr in W; in more arid SW irregular, starting as... read more


    Leaves breeding colonies after nesting; presumably undertakes local movements.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in many parts of range. Closely associated with people; generally protected by local tradition, which deems that weavers nesting in villages... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2020). Sakalava Weaver (Ploceus sakalava). 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 30 March 2020).