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
2020-02-08 08:52Parque National Los Haitises -- Islands7
2020-01-20 07:02Paraíso Caño Hondo48
2020-01-21 08:02Parque Mirador del Norte1
2020-02-04 11:45Parque Mirador del Sur1
2020-01-21 07:19Las Salinas40
2020-02-16 15:44Aeropuerto Internacional Las Americas2
2020-02-08 07:17Embalse de Taiguayguay12
2020-01-26 07:44Embalse de Taiguayguay--Lado este2
2020-02-16 10:25Technopole1
2020-02-10 10:30Lac Mbeubeusse1
2020-02-01 09:58RN de Popenguine2
2020-02-12 14:15Tanji Bird Reserve10
2020-01-27 08:30Tujereng Lagoon2
2020-02-11 16:26Brufut Woods5
2020-02-13 15:19Kotu Creek--Bridge and Mouth15
2020-01-31 08:45Kotu Creek
2020-02-13 08:55Abuko NR15
2020-02-16 08:10Tambi rice fields20
2020-02-18 08:12Toubacouta--Mangrove et brousse
2020-02-15 08:40Kartong Wetland35
2020-01-23 07:57Dassilame Serere--Village et mangrove
2020-02-11 10:55Lamin Lodge30
2020-01-23 09:38Centre Fagaru--Forêt et mangroves1
2020-01-21 15:50Sandicoly--Zone amodiée
2020-02-14 12:35Marakissa Rivercamp25
2020-01-21 18:10Santhie Bera--Barrage et brousse
2020-02-12 09:17Farasuto Forest Community Nature Reserve60
2020-02-04 08:17Diembéring--Ecoparc
2020-01-29 16:00Kabrousse
2020-02-04 15:32Kagnout--Marais
2020-02-08 15:25Kampanti Raptor Bridge5
2020-02-03 08:06Forêt de Djibelor (Eaux et Forêts)
2020-02-06 11:39Lagoa do PNUD4
2020-02-10 08:24Janjanbureh--North Bank5
2020-02-08 10:13Plateau de Dande
2020-02-09 13:09Hotel Barmoi31
2020-02-05 08:20Mole NP--general (use more specific hot spot if possible)20
2020-02-03 16:40Ebekawopa (Abrafo) Forest Reserve30
2020-02-02 06:25Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--'farm scrub' habitat10
2020-02-01 06:15Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--"stingless bee center" forest patch3
2020-01-27 15:02Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--Gyaware road2
2020-01-26 10:34Coconut Grove Hotel, Bantuma4
2020-02-08 15:30Volta River--at Atiboah5
2020-02-01Sakumono Lagoon
2020-01-28 07:40IITA Forest Reserve and Lake30
2020-01-31 16:13Amurum Forest Reserve (APLORI)3
2020-02-15 07:35Punta Europa (Acceso Restringido)1
2020-01-28 06:58American University of Central Africa (AUCA)10
2020-02-10 15:15Tambuti Lodge5
2020-01-28 08:00Queen Elizabeth II NP--Mweya6
2020-02-13 12:03Queen Elizabeth II NP4
2020-02-01 16:00Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel20
2020-02-14 14:51Bigodi Swamp20
2020-01-21 16:45Okavango Delta--Drotsky's Camp60
2020-02-06 16:00Murchison Falls NP--north side (Paraa to Albert Nile swamps)30
2020-02-06 07:15Murchison Falls NP--Boat trip Paraa to Victoria Nile Delta20
2020-02-16 08:33Budongo Forest Reserve--Royal Mile1
2020-01-28 08:00Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road25
2020-02-13 16:30Katima Mulilo--Hippo Island3
2020-02-14 07:35Mabamba Swamp2
2020-02-04 06:35Mabamba Swamp--Main channel4
2020-02-03 18:23Lake Victoria View Guest House1
2020-02-05 08:54Boma Guesthouse2
2020-02-05 09:41Entebbe Botanical Garden2
2020-02-09 10:43Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site1
2020-01-28 16:51Moremi--River Kwai (north side)20
2020-02-02 16:30Imbabala Safari Camp33
2020-02-17 05:45Zambezi NP2
2020-02-05 06:30Tongabezi Lodge and River Club5
2020-02-10 14:06Gondar (town)10
2020-01-24 07:13Victoria Falls (Zambia side)30
2020-02-09 07:35Bahir Dar10
2020-02-08 13:33Lake Tana Hotel1
2020-01-30 15:15Kongelai Escarpment2
2020-01-20 07:46Kisumu Waterfront (incl. Ndunga Swamp, Hippo Pt. and Impala Park)12
2020-02-02 06:49Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle16
2020-02-13 06:30Serengeti NP50
2020-01-29 10:18Lake Baringo--Inshore Cliffs and surrounds
2020-02-12 13:34Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ndutu Safari Lodge10
2020-02-08 10:37Addis Ababa--Bole International Airport20
2020-01-31 07:27Lake Nakuru NP2
2020-01-31 07:20Abidjatta-Shalla NP2
2020-02-07 14:10Lake Awassa--United Africa Shebelle Hotel area5
2020-01-27 11:15Lake Manyara NP (Arusha)2
2020-01-27 07:40Paradise Lost4
2020-02-13 07:21Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest2
2020-02-06 07:22Karura Forest, Muthaiga1
2020-01-26 13:18Wajee Camp and Mukurweini area4
2020-02-17 08:15Awash NP--Lodge and Falls30
2020-01-26 06:38Awash NP (Please use more specific hotspot)2
2020-02-18 07:45Tarangire NP10
2020-01-29 12:00Tana River bridge2
2020-02-14 11:15Ruaha NP10
2020-01-24 07:02Tsavo West NP (general)
2020-02-11 08:00Hondo Hondo Udzungwa Forest Camp30
2020-02-15 15:36Polokwane GR
2020-01-20 09:16Korsman Bird Sanctuary2
2020-01-25 07:39Wilge River Valley (upper)2
2020-01-25 12:47Qodesh Campground21
2020-01-30 16:52Selous Game Reserve--Roho Ya Selous1
2020-02-03 07:43Selous Game Reserve--Lake Manze40
2020-01-24 07:35Lake Jilore
2020-02-08 14:29Nimbodze Swamp, Msambweni
2020-01-25 02:50Loskop Dam Nature Reserve10
2020-02-08 07:33Tiwi Swamp
2020-02-08 12:51Msambweni--Mukurumudzi River and Estuary
2020-01-30 11:50Nguuni Nature Sanctuary3
2020-02-09 16:13Diani Golf Club
2020-01-23 07:44Mikimba Swamp
2020-02-11 09:50Haller Park--Bamburi Nature Trail
2020-01-24 07:01Lake Chem Chem
2020-02-12 17:24Lower Tana River Delta1
2020-01-26 10:30Liwonde National Park--Mvuu4
2020-01-26 06:10Liwonde National Park8
2020-02-14 07:20Chole Island
2020-01-29 16:30Lake Panic Bird Hide9
2020-02-18 17:20Wakkerstroom Wetlands--Clive Beck Hide2
2020-02-12 12:25Kruger NP--Lake Panic6
2020-02-13 09:21Kruger NP--H1-2 @ Sand River20
2020-01-27 21:13Kruger NP--Marula Loop/S83
2020-02-09 08:12Kruger NP--Malelane to Afsaal/H310
2020-02-01 10:28Karkloof Conservancy4
2020-01-26 14:00Midmar Dam - South Shore (Thurlow Gate)30
2020-02-08 13:00Karkloof - Lower Rd20
2020-02-05 08:45Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy5
2020-02-08 16:06Ndumo GR7
2020-01-31 12:00Westville - Jubilee Park2
2020-02-05 06:00Phinda GR
2020-02-10Flic en Flac1