Asian Golden Weaver

Asian Golden Weaver

Ploceus hypoxanthus
Population size
Life Span
11 yrs
22 cm

The Asian golden weaver is a medium-sized bird with yellow and black upper parts, along with yellow underparts. The breeding male is generally bright yellow with a black mask. Females, non-breeding males, and young birds are dull-colored and difficult to distinguish from the Baya Weaver, with their thicker bills being the only thing that sets them apart.


Asian golden weavers are found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. They inhabit subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, marshes, swamps, and rice paddies.

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Asian golden weavers do not migrate and are often found in their most comfortable locations. They are diurnal and social birds that often congregate in large flocks.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Asian golden weavers are herbivores and feed mainly on seeds but during breeding, they supplement their diet with insects.

Mating Habits

2-3 eggs

It is widely believed that Asian golden weavers are monogamous and form pairs. They breed in small colonies, and the nest is initially created by the male, and completed with the assistance of the female. Their nest is a rounded structure with a side entrance and woven from thin strips of grass or palm leaves. Nests are firmly attached to vegetation over water or very swampy ground, often less than 1 m above the surface, usually in reeds or bulrushes. Sometimes nests are placed in trees or shrubs, and then higher than 2 m above the ground. The female lays from 2 to 3 eggs, and these eggs often have a greyish-white color. While being grown, the eggs can also grow to an average size of 188 mm by 13.5 mm. Incubation is done by the female only, and upon hatching, the chicks are fed mainly by the female, with occasional assistance by the male.


Population threats

Asian golden weavers are threatened by habitat loss. They are also persecuted by humans and colonies of these birds are frequently destroyed.

Population number

The IUCN Red List and other sources don’t provide the number of the Asian golden weaver total population size. Currently, this species is classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List and its numbers today are decreasing.


1. Asian Golden Weaver on Wikipedia -
2. Asian Golden Weaver on The IUCN Red List site -

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