Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus


This widespread resident of sub-Saharan Africa has several well-established populations in the West Indies, and in recent years seems also to have become established at one locality in northwest Venezuela. It is not precisely known when the Village Weaver arrived on Hispaniola, but it presumably came with slave-trade ships, perhaps as early as the end of the 18th century, and apparently initially became established in Haiti. It is now and common and widespread in the Dominican Republic too, although numbers have apparently declined since the 1980s, in part due to efforts to the curb the population. From the Hispaniola mainland, it has also spread to the offshore islands of Saona and Catalina, and the species has also appeared in Martinique since the 1970s.

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Recommended Citation

Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: