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Photo by Mustafa Adamjee
Kakamega Forest, Kenya, December 2019
Ploceus insignis


14 cm (5½ in)

  • Chestnut-brown forehead, crown and nape
  • Black lores, cheek, ear-coverts and chin
  • Yellow upperparts


Western Africa: south-eastern Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, DRC, northern Angola
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, western Tanzania
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po)

Photo by Mike Barth
Gatamaiyu Forest, Kenya, June 2012


This is a monotypic species[1].

An additional subspecies unicus is generally considered invalid[2].


Highland forest from 1200-3000m.


This weaver creeps Nuthatch-like along the moss-covered boughs of forest trees in search of food.


Their diet consists of insects and fruit, probably seeds too.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Craig, A. (2020). Brown-capped Weaver (Ploceus insignis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61061 on 14 March 2020)

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