The village weaver (Ploceus cucullatus), also known as the spotted-backed weaver or black-headed weaver (the latter leading to easy confusion with P. melanocephalus), is a species of bird found in much of sub-Saharan Africa. It has also been introduced to Hispaniola, Mauritius and Réunion.

This often abundant species occurs in a wide range of open or semi-open habitats, including woodlands and human habitation, and frequently forms large noisy colonies in towns, villages and hotel grounds.

This weaver builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch in a tree. 2-3 eggs are laid. This is a colonial breeder, so many nests may hang from one tree.

The village weaver is a stocky 15–17 cm bird with a strong conical bill and dark reddish eyes. In the northern part of its range, the breeding male has a black head edged by chestnut (typically most distinct on the nape and chest). Towards the southern part of its range, the amount of black and chestnut diminish, and the breeding males of the southernmost subspecies only have a black face and throat, while the nape and crown are yellow. In all subspecies the breeding male has a black bill, black and yellow upperparts and wings, and yellow underparts.

The non-breeding male has a yellow head with an olive crown, grey upperparts and whitish underparts. The wings remain yellow and black.

The adult female has streaked olive upperparts, yellow and black wings, and pale yellow underparts. Young birds are like the female but browner on the back.

Village weaver feeds principally on seeds and grain, and can be a crop pest, but it will readily take insects, especially when feeding young, which partially redresses the damage to agriculture.

The calls of this bird include harsh buzzes and chattering.
Village Weaver
Date Location Count
2020-11-29 16:06Lagunas Urb. La Montañita, Cabudare1
2020-11-20 07:37Universidad Central de Venezuela (Maracay)18
2020-11-21 07:05Embalse de Taiguayguay10
2020-11-19 17:42Bolanhas da Achada do Burro
2020-11-08 07:34Wulki Farm6
2020-11-29 08:00Manso Domeabra15
2020-11-14 07:52Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--"stingless bee center" forest patch11
2020-11-07 15:51Brenu Beach--grasslands17
2020-11-06 08:29Coconut Grove Hotel, Bantuma10
2020-11-29 14:15Punta Europa (Acceso Restringido)40
2020-11-08 06:44Kibale Guest Cottages1
2020-11-27 08:29Kibale Forest NP2
2020-12-03 10:01Bigodi Swamp6
2020-11-14 06:34Kibale Forest Camp1
2020-11-20 09:47Bigodi Community Walk20
2020-11-11 10:00UMUSAMBI VILLAGE - Wetlands and Grey Crowned Crane rehabilitation6
2020-11-14 08:21Lutembe Beach and Wetlands12
2020-11-21 11:07Lake Victoria--Ngamba Chimpanzee Island5
2020-11-21 05:49Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)2
2020-11-26 07:05Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2020-11-14 05:02Pilanesberg NP--Kwa Maritane5
2020-11-30 06:10Mara Training Centre
2020-11-28 04:40Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve40
2020-11-19 06:53Roodekopjes Dam Nature Reserve1
2020-11-22 08:29Hideaway Lodge30
2020-11-19 13:00Marlborough Vlei Sewage Works4
2020-11-17 14:03Harare--Monavale Vlei3
2020-11-15 05:40Harare--Mukuvisi Woodlands6
2020-11-21 11:25Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp9
2020-11-22 11:31Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate8
2020-11-21 07:11U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)2
2020-12-04 08:50City Park1
2020-11-28 10:49Loskop Dam Nature Reserve25
2020-12-01 12:58Shamwari Private Game Reserve
2020-11-19 07:59Lydenburg
2020-11-18 15:52Ohrigstad Dam
2020-11-20 11:28Kruger NP--Shingwedzi Camp2
2020-11-28 08:50Tsavo West NP--Kilaguni Lodge1
2020-11-18 11:47Tsavo West NP--northern section
2020-11-21 07:11Tsavo West NP--Ngulia Lodge
2020-11-14 06:44Nelspruit--Mataffin5
2020-11-12 17:12Nelspruit Nature Reserve1
2020-11-23 06:04Himeville (town)1
2020-11-29 12:23Ngwenya Glass25
2020-11-06 09:45Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch
2020-11-18 09:11Kruger NP--Skukuza: Sabie River Bridge6
2020-11-24 18:53Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
2020-11-28 09:27Tsavo East NP--Sala Gate
2020-11-29 14:34Midmar Dam - South Shore (Thurlow Gate)12
2020-11-05 07:16Mondi Forests30
2020-11-22 08:13Roseland's Farm8
2020-11-26 11:09Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens1
2020-11-22 06:57Mida Creek1
2020-11-15 05:24Mount Moreland IBA
2020-11-06 13:41Durban Botanical Gardens
2020-11-22 15:30Umhlanga Lagoon NR1
2020-11-15 16:00Maputo Elephant Game Reserve15
2020-11-12 09:00Phinda GR
2020-11-08 07:30Mpempe Pan2
2020-11-14 18:25Morrungulo2
2020-11-30 15:21Dunes de Dovela25