Ploceus ruweti


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ploceus ruweti
Species Authority: Louette & Benson, 1982
Common Name(s):
English Lake Lufira Weaver, Lufira Masked Weaver, Ruwet's Masked-Weaver
Taxonomic Notes: Ploceus reichardi and P. ruweti (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) are retained as separate species contra Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993) who include ruweti as a subspecies of P. reichardi.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Khwaja, N., Shutes, S., Symes, A.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ploceus ruweti is restricted to Lake Lufira in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, where it was common in 1960 (when the type-specimen was collected) and readily observed on recent "rediscovery" visits (Louette and Hasson 2009, Craig et al. 2011).

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: This is a poorly known species and no population estimates are available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in the swamps bordering Lake Lufira, where it occurs in reedbeds of Phragmites and Typha (usually in Aeschynome elaphroxylon trees standing in water, rather than on the reeds themselves), interspersed with bushes and Sesbania leptocarpa, as well as on dry land in the trees bordering cultivated maize fields. It is generally restricted to within 100 m of the water's edge. The breeding season lasts from January until April, and colonies vary in size from 3-20 nests; nests are often found in Acacia trees (Craig et al. 2011). Birds normally raise two broods per breeding season.

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information on threats to its habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey Lake Lufira and estimate population. Study ecological requirements and threats.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Ploceus ruweti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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