• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Orange Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Stub.png This article is incomplete.
This article is missing one or more sections. You can help the BirdForum Opus by expanding it.

Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck
Mabamba - Uganda
Ploceus aurantius


Mottled brownish tan when out of season. In season the collar and back of the neck, tail and wings change to a brilliant orange. The breast and abdomen and top of he head and face change to shiny black. The bill also becomes dense black. Hens do not change colour.


Sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Kenya.


They are closely related also to the African whydahs, and some ornithologists place non-parasitic species of whydah in the weaver family.



It makes a densely woven and intricately knotted deep cup-like nest with a reinforced circular opening on one side.

The diet is highly insectivorous.

External Links