Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Taveta Golden Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps)


French: Tisserin de Taveta German: Genickbandweber Spanish: Tejedor taveta
Other common names: Taveta Weaver

Hyphantornis castaneiceps


, 1890,

Taveta, Kenya




SC Kenya and NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 18–24 g. Male has forehead and most of crown yellow-orange, chestnut-orange collar on hindcrown linked to band around breast, nape golden-yellow; mantle and back... read more


Song a low-pitched twittering, "cree-er-curee-twee-twee", described as simple, harsh, and... read more


Swampy lowland areas when breeding; otherwise found in adjacent drier bush country. Below 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Seeds, including grass seeds and maize (Zea mays); also insects, including ants (Formicidae), in stomach contents. Gregarious.


Breeds Oct–May in Kenya, and Sept–Jan and Apr–May in Tanzania. Presumed polygynous. Colonial. Nest spherical or ovoid,... read more


Presumed resident, but breeding areas deserted for extended periods.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to very common. Very localized, but large numbers present at sites where it does occur.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Taveta Golden Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps). 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 23 February 2020).