Weavers (Ploceidae)

Hartlaub's Marsh Widowbird (Euplectes hartlaubi) - HBW 15, p. 151

French: Euplecte des marais German: Hartlaubweber Spanish: Obispo Marismeño
Other common names: Marsh Widowbird/Whydah

Taxonomy: Penthetria hartlaubi Bocage, 1878, Caconda, Angola.
Previously thought to form a superspecies, and even to be conspecific, with E. psammocromius, but recent molecular studies suggest that the two species are not even sister-taxa. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • humeralis ( Sharpe, 1901) - E Nigeria, C Cameroon, E Gabon, S PRCongo, SW DRCongo (around R Congo), W & S Uganda and W Kenya.
  • hartlaubi ( Bocage, 1878) - C & NE Angola, SE DRCongo, N Zambia and extreme W Tanzania (Ufipa region).