Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar)


French: Tisserin manyar German: Manyarweber Spanish: Tejedor estriado

Fringilla manyar


, 1821,



Old report of hybridization in captivity with P. philippinus. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. flaviceps (Lesson, 1831) – Pakistan (Indus Valley), India (Punjab, Gujarat, and scattered records E to West Bengal) and SE Nepal, S to Sri Lanka (dry zone).
  • P. m. peguensis E. C. S. Baker, 1925 – NE India (West Bengal, Assam), Bangladesh, SE Bhutan#R, Myanmar (except Tenasserim), S China (W Yunnan) and N Laos.
  • P. m. williamsoni B. P. Hall, 1957 – NW, C & SE Thailand, Cambodia, S Laos#R and S Vietnam.
  • P. m. manyar (Horsfield, 1821) – Java, Bawean (off N Java) and Bali.
  • Introduced (probably flaviceps) to N Egypt (Nile Delta), Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Singapore, also probably to Qatar and Kuwait.

    Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 16–22 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead and crown golden-yellow, sharply demarcated from blackish-brown lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat;... read more


    Song a soft, continuous trill of high-pitched whistles, ending in wheezy note. Different song,... read more


    Wetlands, reedbeds and rice paddies, often with bulrushes (Typha); associated especially... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet primarily seeds, including those of the grasses Echinochloa colonum (preferred by captives in feeding trials) and ... read more


    Breeds Jun–Sept in Pakistan and India (in S India, nesting dependent on rainfall and suitable growth of bulrushes), Feb–Apr and... read more


    Leaves nesting areas after breeding; extent of movements not known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant. Huge flocks reported around L Inle, in EC Myanmar. In some regions causes significant damage to rice crops; one of the... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2020). Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar). 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 24 February 2020).