Weavers (Ploceidae)

Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius) - HBW 15, p. 161

French: Tisserin intermédiaire German: Cabanisweber Spanish: Tejedor Intermedio
Other common names: Masked-weaver

Taxonomy: Ploceus intermedius Rüppell, 1845, Shoa, Ethiopia.
Relationships uncertain; has been thought to be closest to P. luteolus (when this believed to form a superspecies with P. pelzelni and P. subpersonatus) or to P. melanocephalus, but neither possibility seems likely. Proposed races beattyi (described from W Angola) and luebberti (from Damaraland, in NC Namibia) synonymized with cabanisii. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • intermedius Rüppell, 1845 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, NW & S Somalia, SE Sudan, Uganda, Kenya (except NE), NE DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, and NW, C & E Tanzania (except SE).
  • cabanisii ( W. K. H. Peters, 1868) - SW PRCongo, coastal Angola, SW Tanzania, SE DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, W & SW Mozambique, N Namibia, N & E Botswana, N & E South Africa and Swaziland.