The male Village Weaver is a bright yellow with more black on its back and a larger black face area than the Southern Masked Weaver, red eyes and black beak. It also has a black throat and a brown nape band. The male of southern populations has less black on the head, less or no brown with a yellow nape and even some with a yellow crown. They are native to sub-Saharan Africa.
The male Village Weaver, above left, reverts to female-like plumage, losing its black head, outside the breeding season. The adult female Village Weaver, above right, also has red eyes.
The Village Weaver gets its name from often building its hanging, woven nests near human settlements (villages/urban areas). The acrobatic males build the basic nest structure to attract females.
The Village Weaver is sometimes called Black-headed Weaver in common with another separate species with an all-black head but no brown nape band, Ploceus melanocephalus, also known as the Yellow-backed Weaver, which is native to savanna and similar habitats, typically near water, in West, Central and East Africa. The latter has black rather than red eyes.
The olive-headed females have horn-coloured beaks. They line the accepted nest. They are gregarious birds and many hanging nests will be built in a colony.