Weavers (Ploceidae)

Katanga Masked Weaver (Ploceus katangae) - HBW 15, p. 172

French: Tisserin du Katanga German: Katangaweber Spanish: Tejedor de Katanga

Taxonomy: Sitagra velata katangae Verheyen, 1947, Musosa, Zambia.
Has been thought to form a superspecies, or even to be conspecific, with P. velatus, P. vitellinus, P. reichardi and P. ruweti; formerly, often treated as a race of P. velatus. Molecular data suggest that it is close only to P. reichardi. Race upembae sometimes considered to represent a separate species; this is supported by some preliminary molecular data. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • upembae ( Verheyen, 1953) - SE DRCongo (R Lualaba).
  • katangae ( Verheyen, 1947) - SE DRCongo (R Luapula) and N & W sectors of NE Zambia.

  • Least Concern
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