Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Speckle-fronted Weaver (Sporopipes frontalis)


Taxonomy

French: Sporopipe quadrillé German: Schuppenkopfweber Spanish: Tejedorcito frontal
Taxonomy:

Loxia frontalis

Daudin

, 1800,

Senegal

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Proposed race pallidior (described from Zinder, in S Niger) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Song a high-pitched, rapid "tsitsitsi te-te-te-teetee-tee". Flight call "tsip-tsip-tsip".

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    Season Sept–Dec over much of range, sometimes until Feb/Mar; breeding recorded also Apr–May in Ethiopia, May–Jul in Kenya... read more

    Movements

    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

    Recommended citation

    Craig, A. (2017). Speckle-fronted Weaver (Sporopipes frontalis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60973 on 26 June 2017).