Family Weavers (Ploceidae)


Yellow-legged Weaver (Ploceus flavipes)


French: Tisserin à pieds jaunes German: Gelbfußweber Spanish: Tejedor patigualdo

Malimbus flavipes


, 1916,

Avakubi, DRCongo


Has been placed in genus Malimbus; in the past was sometimes placed in a monotypic genus, Rhinoploceus. Validity of taxon has been questioned, and suggested by some authors that it could represent occasional hybrids between all-black species such as P. nigerrimus and P. albinucha; former has long hindclaw, latter short hindclaw, and present species intermediate hindclaw, but legs yellow (not dull brownish as in other species); further research required. Monotypic.


Ituri Forest, in NE DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Male is wholly black, except for blackish-brown belly and undertail-coverts; some gloss on crown, nape and mantle; iris whitish; bill black; legs dull yellow. Female... read more


No information.


Canopy of lowland forest.

Food and feeding

Presumably insects; caterpillars (Lepidoptera) in stomach of one specimen.


Two specimens in breeding condition in Sept. No other information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Eastern Zaïre lowlands EBA. Rare and very poorly known. Has very small global range within which warfare and... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Yellow-legged Weaver (Ploceus flavipes). 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 26 February 2020).