Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) - HBW 15, p. 138
French: Républicain social
Spanish: Tejedor Republicano
Other common names: (Common) Social Weaver
Taxonomy: Loxia socia Latham, 1790, Warmbad, Great Namaqualand, south Namibia.
Genus sometimes placed in sparrow family (Passeridae). Several geographical races proposed, i.e. geminus (described from Okaukuejo, in N Namibia), xericus (from W Namibia), lepidus (from Kuruman region, in Northern Cape, South Africa) and eremnus (from Kransfontein, N of Prieska, in Northern Cape); examination of large samples of specimens, however, does not reveal any constant regional variations, and plumage coloration perhaps dependent more on colour of substrate. Treated as monotypic.
Distribution: NC Namibia S to SW Botswana and NW South Africa.
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A bird standing on a large branch, calling Locality Klein Aus Vista Lodge, Aus, Karas Region, Namibia (ssp geminus)
Keith Blomerley 23 January 2007 6 years ago 25 sec 4.6
An adult building the nest Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp geminus)
Jean Michel Erard 31 July 2003 7 years ago 39 sec 4.6
A nest in an electricity pole, with birds flying in and out Locality Kenhardt, Northern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp socius)
Robert Wynands 26 October 2007 6 years ago 12 sec 4.2
Aerial traffic in and out of a big nest Locality Kenhardt, Northern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp socius)
Robert Wynands 26 October 2007 6 years ago 23 sec 3.3
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in a small flock mixed with other species
Locality Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari Gemsbok NP), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Marco Valentini 14 August 2010 2 years ago 4.4
adult collecting nest material
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (Monotypic species)
Tom Heijnen 13 July 2012 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.3
on the ground
Locality Solitaire, Khomas Region, Namibia
Cristiano Crolle 8 August 2013 25 weeks ago 4.3
An adult foraging on the ground.
Locality Solitaire, Khomas Region, Namibia (Monotypic species)
Ken Havard 6 April 2013 44 weeks ago 4
Adult perched in the fork of a tree.
Locality Okaukuejo, Kunene Region, Namibia (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 10 November 2012 1 year ago 4
Bird feeding small grains from the ground
Locality Halali Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia
auf 21 July 2004 3 years ago 4