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 20 videos
An adult drinking Locality Nanyangacor, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan (ssp melanorhynchus)
Marc de Bont 25 September 2005 6 years ago 21 sec 4.8
Two birds feeding on seeds. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhynchus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 7 years ago 51 sec 4.8
Two adults bathing in a small pond Locality Nanyangacor, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan (ssp melanorhynchus)
Marc de Bont 15 April 2004 6 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 7 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 4 years ago 18 sec 4.6
A bird robbing nest material in a colony. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhynchus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 7 years ago 18 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 25 photos
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 16 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp melanorhynchus)
Ken Havard 30 October 2011 1 year ago 4
Near Sundays Pan
Locality Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Ghanzi District, Botswana
Marco Valentini 21 August 2010 2 years ago 4
A female in an acacia.
Locality Polokwane Game Reserve, Polokwane (Pietersburg), Limpopo Province, South Africa
Fran Trabalon 23 October 2008 3 years ago 4
adult on the ground
Locality Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Georges Olioso 19 September 2004 3 years ago 4
Bird on treetop in the evening sun.
Locality Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp mahali)
Johannes Pfleiderer 21 September 2011 1 year ago 3.9