White-browed Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser mahali) - HBW 15, p. 135
French: Mahali à sourcils blancs
Spanish: Tejedor-gorrión Cejiblanco
Other common names: Stripe-breasted (Sparrow-)Weaver
Taxonomy: Plocepasser mahali A. Smith, 1836, Modder River, Thabanchu, South Africa.
Genus sometimes placed in sparrow family (Passeridae). Proposed race propinquatus (described from Baardheere, on R Jubba, in S Somalia) is synonymized with melanorhynchus; terricolor (N Namibia) included in ansorgei; stridens (E Tanzania) included in pectoralis; and stentor (from Northern Cape, in W South Africa) is treated as a synonym of nominate. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- melanorhynchus Rüppell, 1845 - SE Sudan, SC Ethiopia, SE Somalia, N Uganda and Kenya.
- ansorgei E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 - SW Angola and N Namibia.
- pectoralis ( W. K. H. Peters, 1868) - N & C Tanzania, S & E Zambia, S Malawi, W Mozambique (W Zambezi Valley), N Zimbabwe and N Botswana.
- mahali A. Smith, 1836 - S Namibia, S Botswana, SW Zimbabwe and N & C South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 26 videos
Two adults bathing in a small pond Locality Nanyangacor, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan (ssp melanorhynchus)
Marc de Bont 15 April 2004 8 years ago 26 sec 4.7
A bird drinking in a puddle. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhynchus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 9 years ago 38 sec 4.7
One bird singing among 3 birds perched. Locality Tsavo East National Park, Kenya (ssp melanorhynchus)
Dave Jackson 18 November 2008 6 years ago 18 sec 4.6
A bird calling from the top of a small bush then flying away. Locality Spitzkoppe, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp ansorgei)
Keith Blomerley 20 January 2007 33 weeks ago 15 sec 4.5
singing Locality Lake Langano (Wabe Shebelle) Hotel, Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhynchus)
Martin Kennewell 28 October 2010 1 year ago 45 sec 4.4
A bird robbing nest material in a colony. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhynchus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 9 years ago 18 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 36 photos
bird perched in a tree
Locality Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe
David Taylor 1 September 2014 33 weeks ago 4.8
Locality Meru National Park, Kenya (ssp melanorhynchus)
maurizioravasini 8 December 2011 39 weeks ago 4.4
female and male
Locality Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe
Stanislav Harvančík 16 October 2009 20 weeks ago 4.3
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali)
Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya
Jacques Erard 15 July 2010 1 year ago 4.3
Perched in a bush. There were many birds most of the time
Locality Elisenheim Guest Farm, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Lee Hunter 22 July 2010 2 years ago 4.3
on a tree
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Cristiano Crolle 14 August 2013 1 year ago 4.2
Bird vocalising with Crested Barbet in background. Locality North-East District, Botswana
Doug and Denise Norris 1 October 2008 1 year ago 5
A bird singing. Locality Lake Langano (Wabe Shebelle) Hotel, Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Martin Kennewell 28 October 2010 1 year ago 4
Dawn song. Locality Avis Dam, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Charles Hesse 11 November 2009 5 years ago 4