Weavers (Ploceidae)

Speckle-fronted Weaver (Sporopipes frontalis) - HBW 15, p. 137

French: Sporopipe quadrillé German: Schuppenkopfweber 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.