Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Sao Tome Weaver (Ploceus sanctithomae)


French: Tisserin de Sao Tomé German: São-Tomé-Weber Spanish: Tejedor de Santo Tomé

Sycobius st. thomae


, 1848,

São Tomé Island


In the past sometimes placed in a monotypic genus Thomasophantes. Monotypic.


São Tomé I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 20–24 g. Male has cinnamon-orange forehead and face down onto breast, black crown forming distinct cap and becoming dark chocolate-brown on mantle and back, rump... read more


Song opens slowly with clear notes, then accelerates into chatter, "wait way-tseea tseea... read more


Natural forest, abandoned and active coffee plantations, disturbed secondary habitats, also bushy... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, also insects such as ants (Formicidae) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera); also spiders (Araneae), and nectar from Erythrina... read more


Breeds Jul/Aug–Feb. Monogamous, but two or three pairs may nest in same tree. Nest retort-shaped, with entrance tunnel up to 10 cm... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in São Tomé EBA. Common on the island. No immediate threats known.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Sao Tome Weaver (Ploceus sanctithomae). 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).