Red-headed weaver

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Red-headed weaver
Red-headed Weaver, Anaplectes rubriceps at Marakele National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa (male in breeding plumage) (15679994373).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ploceidae
Genus: Anaplectes
L. Reichenbach, 1863
A. rubriceps
Binomial name
Anaplectes rubriceps
(Sundevall, 1850)

The red-headed weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps[2][note 1]) is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae. It is placed in the monotypic genus Anaplectes and is found throughout the Afrotropics.[citation needed]


There are three races,[3] though some 13 have been suggested.[2] They differ by the colour of the belly, colour of the edges to the primaries, and the presence or absence of a black mask.

  • A. r. leuconotos (J. W. von Müller, 1851) – West Africa to northern Malawi
  • A. r. jubaensis van Someren, 1920 – Southern Somalia and northern Kenya
  • A. r. rubriceps (Sundevall, 1850) – Southern Africa
A. r. gurneyi from Caconda, Angola, a synonym of the above


  1. ^ Ploceus melanotis, described by Lafresnaye (1839) from two Senegalese specimens is invalid as the name was preoccupied. Sundevall utilized a specimen obtained by Wahlberg in November 1843 at Mohapoani (i.e. Witfonteinrant near Thabazimbi). cf. Oschadleus (2009)


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Anaplectes rubriceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Oschadleus, H Dieter. "Narrative of a name: red-headed or black-eared? Scientific name of the Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps". Weaver Watch. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps)". Internet Bird Collection. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 21 October 2012.

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