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Vieillot's Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Vieillot's Black Weaver

Photo © by the late Jan Van den Broeck
Entebbe, Uganda, March 2008
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.


Photo © by dacol
Busimba, Western Uganda, July 2015

Africa: Guinea to northern Angola, western Tanzania and western Kenya.


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.


  1. 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/
  2. Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)

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