Weavers (Ploceidae)

Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps) - HBW 15, p. 197

French: Anaplecte écarlate German: Scharlachweber Spanish: Tejedor Cabecirrojo
Other common names: Red-headed Anaplectes; Red-winged/Northern Red-headed Weaver (leuconotos)

Taxonomy: Ploceus (Hyphanthornis) [sic] rubriceps Sundevall, 1850, Mohapoani, Witfontein Mountains, North West Province, South Africa.
Formerly, often referred to by specific name melanotis, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Sometimes placed in genus Malimbus. Race leuconotos considered by some authors to represent a separate species, but intergrades extensively with nominate in S Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. Proposed race gurneyi (described from Caconda, in W Angola), is synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leuconotos ( J. W. von Müller, 1851) - SW Mali, S Burkina Faso and N Ghana E to NC Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad, N Central African Republic, W & S Sudan and W Ethiopia, also NE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya and Tanzania S to N Zambia and N Malawi.
  • jubaensis van Someren, 1920 - S Somalia and N coastal Kenya.
  • rubriceps ( Sundevall, 1850) - Angola, SE DRCongo, S Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, N & NE Namibia, N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe, NE South Africa and Swaziland.

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