This Subfamily contains a very large number of African Weaver-birds and four species found within our Indian Empire.
The males have a complete Autumn and a partial Spring moult when they acquire a breeding plumage. The sexes are dissimilar in Summer.
In general appearance they are very Finch-like but they all have ten primaries and they are all sedentary in their Habits.
Key to Genera.
A. Bill longer than high ; no nuchal hairs; difference between length of wing and length
of tail more than length of tarsus……………Ploceus, p. 66.
B. Bill equal in length and depth; nuchal hairs present; difference between length of wing
and length of tail much less than length of tarsus………….PLOCEELLA, p. 75.