Speckle-fronted Weaver (Sporopipes frontalis) - HBW 15, p. 137
French: Sporopipe quadrillé
Spanish: Tejedorcito Frontal
Other common names: Scaly-fronted Weaver
Taxonomy: Loxia frontalis Daudin, 1800, Senegal.
Forms a superspecies with S. squamifrons. Proposed race pallidior (described from Zinder, in S Niger) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- frontalis ( Daudin, 1800) - SW & SE Mauritania, N & W Senegal, Gambia, Mali (mainly drainage area of R Niger), NW Burkina Faso, NW Ghana (Mole region), N Benin, WC & S Niger (including Aïr Massif) and N Nigeria E in Sahel region to NW Ethiopia and SW Eritrea.
- emini Neumann, 1900 - S Sudan, NW & NE Uganda and WC Kenya S to C Tanzania.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 10 videos
A bird pecking on the ground to feed Locality Bugisi, Tanzania (ssp emini)
Marc de Bont 13 December 2006 7 years ago 36 sec 4.6
perched on bush, moves position, calls whilst perched and when taking off Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp emini)
Martin Kennewell 24 October 2010 2 years ago 34 sec 4.5
Adult fouraging on ground on spoiled rice. Locality Bugisi, Tanzania (ssp emini)
Marc de Bont 14 October 2007 4 years ago 41 sec 4.5
A close-up of a standing bird, preening. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 6 years ago 39 sec 4.4
A bird preening and flying away Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp emini)
Josep del Hoyo 29 August 2006 8 years ago 26 sec 4.3
A bird stretching the wing and preening Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp emini)
Josep del Hoyo 29 August 2006 8 years ago 17 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 12 photos
A bird with an insect in its beak
Locality Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Krzysztof Blachowiak 24 March 2013 2 years ago 4.8
A bird in an acacia
Locality Lake Baringo, Kenya
Paul van Giersbergen 12 December 2012 12 weeks ago 4.3
Perched on a acacia.
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp frontalis)
Fran Trabalon 7 November 2012 2 years ago 4.2
A bird with a grass on the beak.
Locality Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Pete Morris 1 March 2006 1 year ago 4
Foraging on the ground.
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp emini)
David Beadle 6 February 2014 1 year ago 3.8
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
Martin Hale 29 July 2011 4 years ago 3.7