Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Weyns's Weaver (Ploceus weynsi)


French: Tisserin de Weyns German: Weynsweber Spanish: Tejedor de Weyns

Melanopteryx weynsi

A. J. C. Dubois

, 1900,

Bumba, DRCongo




NE DRCongo, S Uganda and NW Tanzania; large flocks recorded, perhaps wandering, in Congo#R, also one recent sighting in Kenya#R.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 24–36 g, female 23–34 g. Male has head to back and down to upper breast black, rump olive-green with some black flecking or barring; tail olive-brown... read more


Song described as a very high-pitched sizzling. Contact calls a high-pitched "chip", from perch and... read more


Tall trees in forest and near lakes; also secondary growth and forest clearings. To 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Fruit, including wild figs (Ficus); stomachs of three individuals held fruit of Beilschmiedia discolor and Alchornea... read more


Young found in Uganda in Nov, and begging juvenile seen Apr; adults with enlarged gonads in Apr–Jun in DRCongo and Jun–Jul in... read more


Appears to wander erratically; absent from lakeshore area around Kampala (Uganda) during Jun–... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; presence often unpredictable. Encountered in reasonable numbers, with no evidence of a population decline. In PRCongo, huge flocks... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2018). Weyns's Weaver (Ploceus weynsi). 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 January 2018).