Weavers (Ploceidae)

Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus) - HBW 15, p. 171

French: Tisserin vitellin German: Dotterweber Spanish: Tejedor Vitelino

Taxonomy: Fringilla vitellina M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823, Senegambia.
Has been thought to form a superspecies, or even to be conspecific, with P. velatus, P. reichardi, P. ruweti and P. katangae. E African populations sometimes separated as race uluensis (described from Ulu Mts, in Kenya), but considerable individual variation evident in the characters proposed. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: SW Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, S Mali, Burkina Faso and N Ghana E to S Chad, N Central African Republic, S & E Sudan, NE DRCongo, S Ethiopia, NW & S Somalia, NW Uganda and NC Kenya S to C Tanzania.

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