Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A worldwide community photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Black-headed Weaver

Ploceus melanocephalus


The sparrow sized weaver. The breeding male (pics 1 - 4) is bright yellow with a yellow-green mantle, and the characteristic, almost round, black face mask. The mask extends to the crown, but leaves the nape yellow - called the 'nuchal collar', this characteristic helps differentiating this bird from Golden-backed and Juba weavers. The eye is black (differentiating this weaver from Village weaver whose eye is red; or yellow-eyed masked weavers) and the bill is black. A female and non-breeding male (pics 5 & 6) are rather sparrow-like in colours, with some more yellow on face, chest and wing covers. In these last two photos, I must admit that I'm not totally sure about the ID, as females and non-breeding males of various species of weavers looks more or less similar. I opted for this one because there were three male Black-headed Weavers around during the two days I was observing them.


Seen in a marshy ground in urban area, on reed vegetation, during the seasonal floods.


Shot from far away in declining light, with a max zoom on my Powershot, which explains low quality of shots... Sorry about that, but it was a lifer for me...

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

1 Comment

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Nice spotting, Ziatan...beautiful bird!

Zlatan Celebic
Spotted by
Zlatan Celebic

Bayelsa, Nigeria

Spotted on Oct 20, 2018
Submitted on Oct 21, 2018

Related Spottings

Baglafecht weaver Baya Weaver Baya Weaver Tecelão-de-cabeça-preta ..  Ploceus melanocephalus

Nearby Spottings

Little Bee-eater Hoverfly Giant African Snail Spotting
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team