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 23 videos
Two adults bathing in a small pond Locality Nanyangacor, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan (ssp melanorhynchus)
Marc de Bont 15 April 2004 7 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 8 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 5 years ago 18 sec 4.6
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 8 years ago 18 sec 4.4
Several birds drinking. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhynchus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 8 years ago 59 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 30 photos
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali)
Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya
Jacques Erard 15 July 2010 41 weeks 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 1 year ago 4.3
on a tree
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Cristiano Crolle 14 August 2013 1 year ago 4.2
Common bird around the lake
Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia
Abubakr Mohammad 5 July 2013 1 year ago 4.2
Locality Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Rafael Merchante 26 May 2013 1 year ago 4
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhynchus)
Ken Havard 30 October 2011 2 years ago 4
Bird vocalising with Crested Barbet in background. Locality North-East District, Botswana
Doug and Denise Norris 1 October 2008 43 weeks ago 5
A bird singing. Locality Lake Langano (Wabe Shebelle) Hotel, Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Martin Kennewell 28 October 2010 26 weeks ago 4
Dawn song. Locality Avis Dam, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Charles Hesse 11 November 2009 4 years ago 4