Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-mantled Weaver (Ploceus tricolor)


French: Tisserin tricolore German: Dreifarbenweber Spanish: Tejedor tricolor

Hyphantornis tricolor


, 1854,

Sierra Leone


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. t. tricolor (Hartlaub, 1854) – Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana and S Togo E to W & S Cameroon and extreme SW Central African Republic, S to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, extreme N Angola (Cabinda) and extreme SW DRCongo (mouth of R Congo).
  • P. t. interscapularis Reichenow, 1893 – locally in N, C & NE DRCongo and SW & S Uganda, also NW Angola (Cuanza Norte).
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; 32–44 g. Male nominate race has head and upperparts, including upperwing and tail, glossy black, except for narrow golden-yellow collar (variable in width)... read more


    Song is a series of chattering notes, followed by a musical 2-note whistle, "tsssui-tssui tsssuii... read more


    Lowland forest, particularly along rivers or near swamps; also secondary forest and old plantations... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet primarily insects, including grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), ants (Formicidae), butterflies and caterpillars (Lepidoptera),... read more


    Breeds in Mar in Guinea, Oct in Liberia, Aug–Oct in Ghana, Oct–Mar in Nigeria, Sept–Mar in Gabon, Feb in Angola; in... read more


    Presumed resident, with local movements while foraging.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, but range fragmented and not uncommon in W range, and locally common in C forested regions and in E range; rare in SW Central African... read more

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2020). Yellow-mantled Weaver (Ploceus tricolor). 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 25 February 2020).