Compact Weaver (Pachyphantes superciliosus) - HBW 15, p. 157
French: Tisserin gros-bec
Spanish: Tejedor Piquigrueso
Taxonomy: Hyphantornis superciliosus Shelley, 1873, West Africa.
Often placed in genus Ploceus, and then aligned with Asian Ploceus hypoxanthus, but may be closer to other weaver genera. Peculiar nest construction shared only with Amblyospiza albifrons, and has been suggested that the two are congeneric; DNA studies reveal that Amblyospiza differs from other ploceines at approximately tribal level, and present species possibly closest to that. Monotypic.
Distribution: Highly discontinuous: SW Senegal, coastal Guinea-Bissau, SE Guinea, N Sierra Leone, N Liberia, W & E Ivory Coast, S Ghana E to SW Nigeria (inland to Zaria), C & SE Cameroon, CW Gabon, N & S PRCongo, SW Central African Republic, S & SE Sudan, SW Ethiopia, Uganda (except E), also SW & NE DRCongo, extreme NW, N & E Angola, W Rwanda, NW Burundi, NW Tanzania (bordering L Victoria) and W Kenya.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Adult male in breeding plumage nest building.
Locality Gulu, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 1 June 2012 1 year ago 4.3
A female on a twig
Locality Entebbe, Uganda
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 2 July 2013 6 weeks ago 4
breeding plumaged female feeding
Locality Bigodi Swamp, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 12 June 2013 13 weeks ago 4
Adult in non-breeding plumage
Locality Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana
Photo-ay 4 January 2010 3 years ago 1.3
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