Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Strange Weaver (Ploceus alienus)


French: Tisserin de montagne German: Meisenweber Spanish: Tejedor extraño

Sitagra aliena


, 1902,

Rwenzori, Uganda




E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 19–24 g. Male has black head and neck to throat, black extending onto breast as teardrop-shaped bib bordered below with chestnut-brown; upperparts plain olive-... read more


Song a rhythmic "wee chow-chow-chow". Calls include descending series of whistles like... read more


Montane evergreen forest at 1500–3000 m; encountered in clearings, secondary growth, bamboos... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, berries and seeds reported in stomach contents; seven stomachs held only arthropod remains, including a caterpillar (Lepidoptera)... read more


Breeds in Jan–May, possibly throughout year, in DRCongo, and in Jan–Feb, Jun and Oct in Uganda. Monogamous, probably with long-... read more


No information; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Has very limited distribution in a vulnerable forest habitat, recently an area of... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Strange Weaver (Ploceus alienus). 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 25 February 2020).