The village weaver (Ploceus cucullatus), also known as the spotted-backed weaver, gets its name from the intricate basket nest that the males weave in trees using both loops and knots. Village weavers are a colony species with up to 200 nests in a single tree. These colonies are frequently seen in urban and village locations. Males will use their nests as a way to advertise themselves to females. Having judged the male on his woven nest, the female will then line it with feathers, grass and leaves. Breeding males have black heads with bright yellow and orange across much of the rest of the body. Females and non-breeding males have olive-green and yellow feathers with dark brown across the rump and tail. Village weavers are one of the most common weaver species in Africa. they are also a common species used in African traditional medicines.