Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Southern Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps)


French: Anaplecte à ailes jaunes German: Scharlachweber Spanish: Tejedor cabecirrojo sureño

Ploceus (Hyphanthornis) [sic] rubriceps


, 1850,

Mohapoani, Witfontein Mountains, North West Province, South Africa


Formerly, often referred to by specific name melanotis, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Previously considered conspecific with A. leuconotos and A. jubaensis (see both). Proposed race gurneyi (described from Caconda, in W Angola) is a synonym. Monotypic.


Angola, SE DRCongo, S Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, N & NE Namibia, N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe, NE South Africa and Swaziland.

Descriptive notes

12–15 cm; male 19–26 g, female 17–25 g. Male nominate race breeding has lores black, rest of head down to chin and throat red; mantle orange-red, bordered... read more


Song a rapid series of squeaky, sizzling notes, "chu-tsee-tsi chu-tsi tsee-tsi tswi-tsi-tswee... read more


Broadleaf woodland, bushveld, acacia (Acacia) savanna, miombo (Brachystegia)... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily insects; some plant material taken, including acacia seeds, Premna fruit, and fruit of the mistletoe ... read more


Breeds Dec–Mar in Ghana and Togo, Nov–May in Nigeria, Feb–Apr, Oct and Dec in Ethiopia, Feb and May–Jul in Uganda,... read more


Mainly resident; some local wandering, moving away from nesting areas after breeding. Two ringed... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widely distributed and regionally common. Generally uncommon to rare and local in NW of range; occasional records from other regions in W Africa, e.g... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. & de Juana, E. (2018). Southern Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps). 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 11 December 2018).