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
perched on bush, moves position, calls whilst perched and when taking off Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp emini)
Martin Kennewell 24 October 2010 50 weeks ago 34 sec 4.5
A close-up of a standing bird, preening. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 5 years ago 39 sec 4.4
A bird pecking on the ground to feed Locality Bugisi, Tanzania (ssp emini)
Marc de Bont 13 December 2006 6 years ago 36 sec 4
Adult fouraging on ground on spoiled rice. Locality Bugisi, Tanzania (ssp emini)
Marc de Bont 14 October 2007 3 years ago 41 sec 4
A bird preening and flying away Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp emini)
Josep del Hoyo 29 August 2006 7 years ago 26 sec 3.7
perching and flying away Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp emini)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 October 2010 3 years ago 6 sec 3.2
PhotosSee all 7 photos
A bird with an insect in its beak
Locality Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Krzysztof Blachowiak 24 March 2013 1 year ago 4.7
Perched on a acacia.
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp frontalis)
Fran Trabalon 7 November 2012 41 weeks ago 4.4
A bird with a grass on the beak.
Locality Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Pete Morris 1 March 2006 6 weeks ago 4
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
Martin Hale 29 July 2011 2 years ago 3.7
several birds feeding at a picnic site near Mara River
Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (ssp emini)
Axel Gollnisch 18 October 2012 1 year ago 3.4
on a tree
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia
Guy Poisson 17 February 2010 3 years ago 2.6