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
2021-02-26 07:52Monumento Natural Bahía de las Calderas (Salinas de Bani)18
2021-02-13 17:07Bayahibe9
2021-03-06 07:06P.N. del Este4
2021-02-07 16:05Lagunas Urb. La Montañita, Cabudare3
2021-02-16 08:48Universidad Central de Venezuela (Maracay)18
2021-02-19 10:23Embalse de Taiguayguay14
2021-03-03 23:31Lamin (Town)1
2021-02-12 18:05Parque de N´Batonha (Lagoa do PNUD)
2021-02-23 08:30Manso Domeabra15
2021-03-02 06:30Nsuta Forest
2021-02-09 06:41Abrafo-Gyaware road4
2021-02-08 16:08Brenu Beach--grasslands100
2021-02-15 06:24Atewa Range--upland forest & ridge20
2021-02-16 06:41Atewa--farm scrub and degraded forest2
2021-02-16 07:53Sagyimase ("Atewa Range farm scrub")--mining concession6
2021-02-07 07:37Densu Delta 3
2021-02-07 06:20Densu Delta Protected Area3
2021-03-07 16:30Punta Europa (Acceso Restringido)60
2021-02-07 10:00Plage d'Akouango
2021-02-26 08:06Shamvura Camp--boat trip1
2021-02-23 08:00Semuliki NP3
2021-02-18 10:30Queen Elizabeth II NP--Ishasha sector 220
2021-02-10 13:00Queen Elizabeth II NP--Mweya15
2021-02-10 15:00Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel Boat Trip20
2021-02-20 08:00Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge20
2021-02-19 07:15Queen Elizabeth II NP--Lake Bunyampaka20
2021-02-20 16:30Chimpanzee Guesthouse20
2021-02-24 09:05Kibale Forest NP--North end2
2021-03-02 08:10Kibale Forest NP--Primate Lodge2
2021-03-03 08:34Kibale Forest NP10
2021-02-26 08:30Kibale Guest Cottages1
2021-03-08 09:40Bigodi Swamp8
2021-03-06 09:26Bigodi Community Walk1
2021-02-12 08:37Kibale Forest Camp3
2021-02-20 07:49Nyabarongo River @ RN110
2021-02-26 10:30Murchison Falls NP--Woodland savannah3
2021-02-09 16:00Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road2
2021-02-21 09:01Akagera Np -- Mohana Plain and Lake Rwanyakazinga Picnic Site1
2021-03-01 07:11Lake Mburo NP6
2021-02-20 17:46Akagera NP (southern area)1
2021-02-11 07:35Mabamba Swamp40
2021-02-08 08:30Mabamba Swamp--Main channel20
2021-02-20 16:28Entebbe Botanical Garden1
2021-02-26 14:05Uganda Wildlife Education Centre13
2021-02-28 07:42Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site7
2021-02-27 07:43Lutembe Beach and Wetlands14
2021-02-24 14:48Rusinga Island Lodge3
2021-03-06 12:57Nsobe Camp
2021-02-23 18:29Luanda Kotiendo Ferry Terminal
2021-03-06 07:35Naya Hill
2021-02-25 14:27Homa Bay Tourist Hotel and Pier
2021-02-23 13:20Lake Simbi
2021-03-07 17:20Kisumu Sewage Waste Recycling Centre2
2021-03-05 06:08Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)12
2021-02-14 06:30Maasai Mara NR* general (please use more precise location)1
2021-02-21 09:33Chamo Lake1
2021-02-22 13:42Lake Baringo--West Shore (incl. Baringo Club and Robert's Camp and airstrip)20
2021-02-08 15:03Lake Awassa--United Africa Shebelle Hotel area1
2021-03-03 15:15Ataye Wetlands1
2021-02-21 15:29Aberdare Country Club2
2021-03-03 16:42Naro Moru River Lodge1
2021-02-20 06:41South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge1
2021-02-28 09:00U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)
2021-02-07 14:48Kabete Dam (Gatara River)
2021-02-26 08:10Tarangire NP--Tarangire Safari Lodge2
2021-02-14 09:07Mandegee farm10
2021-03-06 09:25Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch
2021-02-13 08:33Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein
2021-03-02 16:13Nylsvley Nature Reserve1
2021-02-20 06:33Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve7
2021-02-06 14:30Glen Austin Bird Sanctuary6
2021-02-15 09:39Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2021-02-21 06:41Wamba Marsh3
2021-02-11 10:20Ramisi Sugar Dam1
2021-02-21 10:21Kruger NP--Mphongolo Loop12
2021-02-21 13:17Kruger NP--Shingwedzi Camp10
2021-02-11 13:46Kruger NP--Shipandani Overnight Hide1
2021-02-13 17:42Nelspruit Nature Reserve1
2021-02-11 05:13Singita Ebony Lodge14
2021-02-09 05:22Mala-Mala Game Reserve4
2021-02-11 13:46Hlane Royal NP--Ndlovu Camp1
2021-02-28 05:39Karkloof--Conservancy20
2021-02-21 14:19Midmar Dam--North Shore (Main Gate)8
2021-02-21 15:22Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)6
2021-02-27 18:00Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy4
2021-02-27 17:00Hilton--Mondi Forests5
2021-02-28 11:42Albert Falls NR20
2021-02-20 17:02Pietermaritzburg--Waltdorf Estate6
2021-02-18 13:26Pietermaritzburg--Wylie Park3
2021-02-10 07:55KaMsholo Bushveld Safaris (formerly Nisela Safaris)1
2021-02-12 00:00Pietermaritzburg--General area2
2021-02-10 05:14Pietermaritzburg--UKZN Agricultural Gardens1
2021-02-13 05:59Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Road15
2021-02-13 07:08Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Valley NR12
2021-03-02 06:22Pietermaritzburg--Darvill Resources Park1
2021-02-14 08:47Tala Private GR10
2021-02-06 15:25Manyoni GR (please be more specific)160
2021-02-21 06:20Sibaya Coastal Forest Reserve2
2021-02-23 05:00Phinda GR
2021-02-13Bonamanzi GR