Weavers (Ploceidae)

Black-billed Weaver (Ploceus melanogaster) - HBW 15, p. 187

French: Tisserin à tête jaune German: Schwarzbauchweber Spanish: Tejedor Piquinegro

Taxonomy: Ploceus melanogaster Shelley, 1887, Mount Cameroon, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Cameroon.
Often grouped with P. nigricollis and P. ocularis in a "spectacled weaver" superspecies. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • melanogaster Shelley, 1887 - SE Nigeria, SW Cameroon and Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • stephanophorus ( Sharpe, 1891) - S highlands of Sudan (Imatong, Dongotoma, Didinga, Acholi); E DRCongo and adjacent W Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi; and E Uganda and adjoining areas of WC Kenya.

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