Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-capped Weaver (Ploceus dorsomaculatus)


French: Tisserin à cape jaune German: Gelbkappenweber Spanish: Tejedor dorsipinto

Symplectes dorsomaculatus


, 1893,

Yaoundé, Cameroon




Two widely separated populations: S Cameroon, N Gabon, NW Congo and SW Central African Republic; and E DRCongo (on highland fringe).

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Male has forehead, crown and nape golden-yellow (in DRCongo some have golden-brown forehead and crown), lores, cheek, ear-covers and chin black; upperparts, including... read more


No published description; apparently usually silent.


Evergreen forest, in primary forest often near clearings; enters secondary forest. Mainly in... read more

Food and feeding

Only recorded items are insects and other arthropods, including butterflies and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), larvae of mantids (Mantidae),... read more


Recorded in Aug, Gabon; specimen with enlarged gonads in Jun, DRCongo. Presumed monogamous. Solitary nester. Nest ball-shaped, with short,... read more


No information; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very poorly known species. Appears to be scarce, at least in W range. Distribution patchy and very localized.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Yellow-capped Weaver (Ploceus dorsomaculatus). 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 22 February 2020).