Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Data Deficient

Upemba Masked Weaver (Ploceus upembae)


French: Tisserin de l’Upemba German: Upembaweber Spanish: Tejedor de Upemba

Textor velatus upembae


, 1953,

Mabwe, DRCongo


Usually considered conspecific with P. katangae, but differs in its pale olive-green nape merging with mantle vs yellow nape demarcated sharply from olive-green mantle by vague narrow blackish line (2); reduced black on front of head, resulting in narrower forehead and not extending around eyes (2); mantle to rump and wing-coverts plain yellowish olive-green, without blackish streaks and edgings (2); females and eclipse males dorsally washed olive vs warm brownish#R (ns[1]); larger bill (8.4–8.7 mm vs 7–7.6 deeper, 6.5–7.1 vs 5.5–5.9 wider and 18 vs 17.2 longer#R; allow 2); split supported by some preliminary molecular data#R. Monotypic.


SE DRCongo (R Lualaba).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 16–21 g. Small weaver. Adult male breeding has narrow black forehead, lores, cheeks, chin and throat, extending to breast as a bib; crown saffron-yellow, nape greenish... read more


Apparently undescribed.


Wetlands and riverine vegetation with extensive reedbeds and papyrus (Cyperus papyrus);... read more

Food and feeding

No information. Diet presumably seeds, at times supplemented with insects.


Virtually unknown. Apparently nests solitarily, in sites similar to those used by P. katangae.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: known solely from the Upemba plains Secondary Area; following recognition of P.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Upemba Masked Weaver (Ploceus upembae). 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 19 February 2020).