Black-headed weaver

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For Ploceus cucullatus, see Village weaver.
Black-headed weaver
Yellow backed weaver.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ploceidae
Genus: Ploceus
Species: P. melanocephalus
Binomial name
Ploceus melanocephalus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The black-headed weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus), also known as the yellow-backed weaver, is a species of bird in the Ploceidae family. It is found in savanna and similar habitats, typically near water, in West, Central and East Africa. It has also been introduced to Spain and Portugal.[citation needed]


P. victoriae Ash, 1986 is now thought to be a hybrid between P. melanocephalus and P. castanops.