Weavers (Ploceidae)

Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis) - HBW 15, p. 182

French: Tisserin à cou noir German: Kurzflügelweber Spanish: Tejedor Cuellinegro
Other common names: Spectacled Weaver(!); Swainson's Weaver (brachypterus)

Taxonomy: Malimbus nigricollis Vieillot, 1805, Malembo, Angola.
Often grouped with P. ocularis and P. melanogaster in a "spectacled weaver" superspecies. Nominate race intergrades with brachypterus in Cameroon. Birds from Bioko I described as additional race (po) on basis of longer and heavier bill; possibly worthy of recognition, but further study required. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • brachypterus Swainson, 1837 - Gambia and S Senegal E to Cameroon, also Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • nigricollis ( Vieillot, 1805) - Cameroon E to S Sudan, Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania, and S to Angola and S DRCongo.
  • melanoxanthus ( Cabanis, 1878) - S Ethiopia, S Somalia, C & E Kenya and NE Tanzania.