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Nominate subspecies : Male in full breeding Plumage
Photo by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, 24 July 2015
Ploceus philippinus


Subspecies P. p. infortunatus : Male
Photo by suleesia
Penang, Malaysia, July 2005

15 cm (6 in)

  • Short square tail

Breeding males

  • Bright yellow crown
  • Dark brown mask
  • Blackish brown bill
  • Upper parts dark brown streaked with yellow
  • Yellow breast
  • Creamy-buff underparts

Non breeding

  • Upperparts dark brown streaked fulvous buff
  • Plain whitish-fulvous underparts
  • Long buffy eyebrows
  • Lacks mask
  • Stout horn-coloured conical bill


Asia: China, Tibet, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar], Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java and Bali



Nominate subspecies : Female
Photo by Shantilal Varu
Hingolgadh Sanctuary,Gujarat,India, 24 June 2016

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. p. philippinus:
  • P. p. travencoreensis:
  • South-western India (Goa to Travancore and Kerala)
  • P. p. burmanicus:
  • P. p. infortunatus:
  • P. p. angelorum:


Mangroves, reeds, grassland, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growths usually near fresh or brackish water.



The diet consists mostly of grass seeds and cultivated rice.


Colonial nesters with up to 20-30 pairs, usually in trees near freshwater and open ground. The male builds a basic nest from woven grass which hangs from a palm frond or branch and resembling an upside down flask, which they then display to visiting females. If a female likes the look of the nest and its male she will mate with him before lining the nest herself and laying and incubating the 3-4 white eggs.


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  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2016)
  4. BBirdForum Member observations

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