Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Speke's Weaver (Ploceus spekei)


French: Tisserin de Speke German: Somaliweber Spanish: Tejedor de Speke

Hyphantornis spekei


, 1861,

north Somalia




C, S & E Ethiopia, N & E Somalia, and SW & C Kenya S to NC Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 34–43 g, female 28–37 g. Male has forehead, crown and nape golden-yellow, passing into olive-green on nape; mantle and back feathers blackish with... read more


Song a series of repetitive notes leading into a chatter, "tz-z-z-z-z za za eee eh eh ch-ch-ch tzz-... read more


Bushy and wooded country with available water; usually at 1200–2200 m. In Nairobi (Kenya),... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, including those of crops such as maize (Zea mays); also insects, including alate termites (Isoptera), especially when... read more


Breeds Apr–Sept in Ethiopia, May–Jun in Somalia, Feb–Jul and Oct–Dec (peak Mar–Apr) in Kenya, and Feb–... read more


Presumed resident; most move away from breeding colonies when not nesting.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Regarded as a significant crop pest in some areas.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Speke's Weaver (Ploceus spekei). 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 7 April 2020).