Alternative name: Vieillot's Black Weaver
- Ploceus nigerrimus
Length 15-16 cm.
Adult male: A black weaver with a pale yellow eye (in eastern and central Africa). In western Africa, has a chestnut-brown back, rump and belly. Maxwell's Black Weaver has a pale grey eye, is slightly smaller, and is found in the forest canopy.
Adult female: Dark olive, streaked darker above, with pale eyes.
Ploceus nigerrimus has two subspecies:1
- P. n. castaneofuscus
- P. n. nigerrimus
Forest edge, secondary growth and villages.
Their diet consists mostly of insects such as grasshoppers, flying ants, termites, caterpillars and butterflies.
They breed in colonies, often with Village Weaver.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Vieillot's Weaver. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 23 July 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Vieillot%27s_Weaver