Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Vieillot's Black Weaver (Ploceus nigerrimus)


French: Tisserin noir German: Vieillotweber Spanish: Tejedor de Vieillot
Other common names: Vieillot's Weaver

Ploceus nigerrimus


, 1819,

“Kingdom of Congo“


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. castaneofuscus; see that species. Monotypic.


SE Nigeria, S Cameroon, S Central African Republic and extreme S South Sudan, S to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DRCongo, and N Angola (including Cabinda), also S Uganda, extreme W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW & W Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 25–42 g. Male nominate race has completely black plumage; iris yellow; bill black; legs greyish to pinkish-brown. Female dull greenish on upperparts, with narrow... read more


Song a sputtering and chattering phrase; short song "chrrr-szee-zuit", given during... read more


Forest clearings, often in villages, wooded regions and tall-grass savanna; closely associated with... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), winged ants (Formicidae), alate termites (Isoptera), caterpillars and butterflies... read more


Breeds Jan in Gambia, Feb in Guinea, Feb–Apr and Aug–Nov in Liberia, Jan–Jul in Ghana, Feb and Sept–Oct in Togo,... read more


Presumed resident; may move far from colonies to forage.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Abundant through most of range; rare in Gambia. Often closely associated with people. After P. cucullatus, this is the most common ploceid... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2018). Vieillot's Black Weaver (Ploceus nigerrimus). 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 21 August 2018).