Ploceella Oates in Hume's Nests and Eggs Ind. Birds, p. 443 (1873).
Type, Ploceella javanensis=chrysosus Hume.
The genus Ploceella differs from Ploceus in having a smaller, shorter bill which is about equal in length and breadth ; the nape is furnished with a few short hairs and the tail is longer, broader and more rounded.
This genus more nearly approaches the African Weaver-Birds than does Ploceus and, like many of them, lays eggs of various colours.
There is but one species which has a summer and winter plumage varying much as in the males of the preceding genus.