French: Sporopipe quadrillé German: Schuppenkopfweber Spanish: Tejedorcito frontal
Subspecies and Distribution
S. f. 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.
S. f. emini
Neumann, 1900 – S South Sudan, NW & NE Uganda and WC Kenya S to C Tanzania.
11 cm; 14–22 g. Small, pale finch-like weaver with distinctive head pattern. Nominate race has feathers of forehead and crown black with white tips (creating speckled... read more
Song a high-pitched, rapid "tsitsitsi te-te-te-teetee-tee". Flight call "tsip-tsip-tsip".
Dry thornveld, scrub and thickets; in Sahel region especially associated with acacia (Acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds; also small insects, including alate termites (Isoptera). Forages largely on ground, where it moves by hopping. Often on open... read more
Season Sept–Dec over much of range, sometimes until Feb/Mar; breeding recorded also Apr–May in Ethiopia, May–Jul in Kenya... read more
Generally resident. Local movements reported during rains in Mauritania; apparently present only... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common; rather local in NW Uganda (West Nile region). Occurs primarily in regions not suited to agriculture or intensive human... read more
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