Village Weaver

Scientific Name:
Ploceus cucullatus
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Village Weaver

The Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) is a species of weaverbird found across much of sub-Saharan Africa.


Village Weavers inhabit a wide range of habitats, including woodlands, savannas, grasslands, wetlands, and human-modified landscapes such as agricultural areas, urban parks, and gardens. They are adaptable birds and are commonly seen in both natural and human-altered environments. Village Weavers often build their nests near water sources, including rivers, streams, and ponds.


Village Weavers are small to medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 15 to 17 centimeters (5.9 to 6.7 inches) in length. They have a stout body, short tail, and relatively long, conical bill adapted for seed-eating. Male Village Weavers are typically brighter and more colorful than females, with striking yellow plumage during the breeding season and a black mask around the eyes. Best Viewing The best places to view Village Weavers are in habitats with suitable nesting sites and abundant food sources. Look for them in woodlands, savannas, and grasslands with trees or bushes, where they can be seen foraging for seeds, grains, and insects. These weavers are often observed in flocks, especially during the non-breeding season, when they gather in communal roosts.