Alternative name: Yellow-backed Weaver
- Ploceus melanocephalus
14 cm (5½ in)
- Black head
- Yellowish-green upperparts
- Yellower rump
- Yellow fringed black primaries
Notice that females do not necessarily have dark eyes.
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Sao Tome
There are 4 subspecies:
- P. m. melanocephalus:
- P. m. capitalis:
- P. m. duboisi:
- P. m. dimidiatus:
An addition al subspecies fischeri is not recognised by all authorities.
Moist shrubland and swamps, open bush and wooded areas.
Their diet consists of seeds and insects, with insects generally being used to feed the young.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Black-headed Weaver. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Black-headed_Weaver