Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Near Threatened

Seychelles Fody (Foudia sechellarum)


French: Foudi des Seychelles German: Seychellenweber Spanish: Fodi de Seychelles

Foudia sechellarum

E. Newton

, 1867,

Marianne Island, Seychelles


Has hybridized with F. madagascariensis. Monotypic.


Islands of Cousin, Cousine, Frégate and (reintroduced) Aride, in Seychelles.

Introduced on D’Arros (Amirante Is) and Denis.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 15–19 g. Male breeding has dull yellow forehead, central crown, chin and throat, olive-grey cheek and ear-coverts; nape and upperparts olive-green, feathers of... read more


Song a brief trill during courtship. Regular "tse tse tse" contact calls during foraging. Male and... read more


Inhabits coconut (Cocos nucifera) and Casuarina plantations. Originally occurred... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily insectivorous (72% of observations), insects including homopteran bugs, beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae); also spiders (... read more


Breeds May–Sept, with clearly defined moult and breeding seasons, on Cousin; has been suggested also that breeding occurs throughout... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Granitic Seychelles EBA. Restricted to very small islands, with total... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Seychelles Fody (Foudia sechellarum). 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 27 February 2020).