Madagascar weaver

(Foudia madagascariensis)


Madagascar weaver IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

The male Madagascar fody has an unmistakable scarlet plumage during the breeding season from October to March. A few reddish males may be seen outside this period, but during the south-east monsoon they loose their breeding dress and resemble the dull-brown females.

The male Madagascar fodies weave domed nests often high up in coconut palms, smetimes in reeds, in which the females lay 2-3 glossy plae blue eggs.

Madagascar fodies feed on grass seeds and insects, and may cause damage to rice paddies.

Did you know?
that it is prohibited to import Madagascar weavers into California because they are considered an invasive species? Also in West Australia the Madagascar weaver features on the list of the 200 species with the highest invasive potential. On the granitic islands of the Seychelles whre it had been introduced around 1860, it is today the most common bird species.


Class AVES
Suborder OSCINES
Name (Scientific) Foudia madagascariensis
Name (English) Madagascar weaver
Name (French) Foudi rouge
Name (German) Madagaskarweber
Name (Spanish) Fodi del Bosque Rojo, Cardenal de Madagascar
Local names Seychelles: Sren, Taroza (La Digue)
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Marion Schneider & Christoph Aistleitner



Range Madagascar. Introduced to the Seychelles, British Indian Ocean Territory, Comoros, Mauritius, RĂ©union, St. Helena, and the USA.
Habitat Subtropical and tropical dry and moist lowland forest
Wild population Has not been quantified, but believed to be large (2004) (Red List IUCN 2011).
Zoo population 302 reported to ISIS (2007)

In the Zoo

Madagascar weaver


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 11B of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Steve & Jemma Copley

Why do zoos keep this animal

The Madagascar fody is not a threatened species but, because of the very obvious bright breeding plumage of the male, may be used as an ambassador species for the conservation of the forest habitats of Madagascar. Being a species with a high invasive potential, it ios also of educational interest.