Weavers (Ploceidae)

Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht) - HBW 15, p. 190

French: Tisserin baglafecht German: Baglafechtweber Spanish: Tejedor Baglafecht
Other common names: Emin's Weaver (emini); Reichenow's Weaver (reichenowi); Stuhlmann's Weaver ("stuhlmanni group")

Taxonomy: Loxia baglafecht Daudin, 1802, Ethiopia.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with P. nigrimentus and P. bertrandi, with P. bannermani and P. batesi regarded as part of same species group. Races sometimes separated into four groups: "nominate group" (also with neumanni and eremobius) and "stuhlmanni group" (also with sharpii and nyikae), and two single-species groups represented by emini and reichenowi, respectively; these groups are sometimes treated as four distinct species, but the groups intergrade wherever they meet. Races show some striking plumage.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Loxia baglafecht Daudin, 1802, Ethiopia.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with P. nigrimentus and P. bertrandi, with P. bannermani and P. batesi regarded as part of same species group. Races sometimes separated into four groups: "nominate group" (also with neumanni and eremobius) and "stuhlmanni group" (also with sharpii and nyikae), and two single-species groups represented by emini and reichenowi, respectively; these groups are sometimes treated as four distinct species, but the groups intergrade wherever they meet. Races show some striking plumage differences, and this has been used by some authors as primary criterion for separating populations at species level; also some degree of isolation where restricted to montane habitats, but no regional variations in song described. Several intermediates between populations have been proposed as additional races: fricki (described from Sidamo, in Ethiopia) is currently synonymized with nominate, budongoensis (from Busindi, near Budongo, in W Uganda) with emini, and nigrotemporalis (from Mt Elgon, in E Uganda) with reichenowi. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • neumanni ( Bannerman, 1923) - E Nigeria, C Cameroon and W & NE Central African Republic.
  • baglafecht ( Daudin, 1802) - W Eritrea and Ethiopian Highlands.
  • eremobius ( Hartlaub, 1887) - SW Sudan and NE DRCongo.

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  • neumanni ( Bannerman, 1923) - E Nigeria, C Cameroon and W & NE Central African Republic.
  • baglafecht ( Daudin, 1802) - W Eritrea and Ethiopian Highlands.
  • eremobius ( Hartlaub, 1887) - SW Sudan and NE DRCongo.
  • emini ( Hartlaub, 1882) - SE Sudan, SW Ethiopia and N Uganda.
  • stuhlmanni ( Reichenow, 1893) - E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and W ­Tanzania.
  • reichenowi ( G. A. Fischer, 1884) - E Uganda, Kenya and NE Tanzania.
  • sharpii ( Shelley, 1898) - SW Tanzania.
  • nyikae ( Benson, 1938) - Nyika Plateau in NE Zambia and N Malawi.