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Subspecies P. m. flaviceps : male and female in breeding plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Basai, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, 8 May 2014
Ploceus manyar


Subspecies P. m. williamsoni : Breeding male
Photo © by Chaiyan
Central Thailand, July 2003

15 cm (6 in): short and slightly rounded tail

  • Golden yellow crown
  • Dark brown head and throat
  • Heavy streaks on breast
  • Dark brown upperparts with fulvous streaks
  • Buffy underparts with dark brown streaks
  • Brownish-black, short, stout bill


  • Buffish throat breast and flanks with heavy brown streaks
  • Heavily streaked crown
  • Dark-brown ear-coverts
  • Yellowish supercilium
  • Yellow patch on the side of the neck
  • White chin, upper throat and belly
  • Pale flesh-coloured bill.


Subspecies P. m. flaviceps : non-breeding male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Basai, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, 24 April 2017

South Asia.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • P. m. flaviceps:
Lowlands of east Pakistan to western India and Sri Lanka
  • P. m. peguensis:
  • P. m. williamsoni:
  • P. m. manyar:


Subspecies P. m. flaviceps : Female
Photo © by Shantilal Varu
Kutch, Gujarat, India, 28 April 2015

Reedbeds, marsh lands, agricultural areas and rice paddies.



Their diet consists mostly of seeds, particularly grass seed.


They nest in small colonies in reed beds. The globe-shaped nest has a long entrance tunnel. It is woven from grass and plant fibres.


A soundscape where many males were engaged in nest building and displaying as well. A reedbed in a wetland provided a colonial roosting site for a group of Streaked Weaver.

Recording © by Alok Tewari
Basai Wetlands, Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, May-2014

Recording © by Alok Tewari
Recorded during nesting period, close to reed growth, this is audio of one male, giving 5 types of calls : single and twin, well separated calls, rapid alarm calls(2 types), given in brief flight, and musical call/song, coming back to the same perch, all recorded in continuity.
Village Mandkoti, Jhajjar, Haryana, India, 8 August 2023 ... 2.23 pm.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  3. Oriental Bird Club
  4. BF Member observations

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