(Ploceidae; Ϯ White-browed Sparrow Weaver P. mahali) Portmanteau of genera Ploceus Cuvier 1816, weaver, and Passer Brisson 1760, sparrow; "Sub-genus PLOCEPASSER.*  Bill conical, pointed; culmen arched and entering between feathers of forehead; edges of upper mandible slightly waved; nostrils basal, rounded, and open; rictus slightly bristled; wings rather long, third and fourth quills equal; tail slightly rounded; tarsi moderate, outer and inner toes of equal length; claws slightly curved and rather blunt.    Plocepasser Mahali.  ...  Inhabits the country between the Orange River and the Tropic.  ...  * The Ploceus superciliosus, of Ruppel, may perhaps belong to this group." (A. Smith 1836); "Plocepasser A. Smith, 1836, Rep. Exped. Cent. Africa, p. 51. Type, by monotypy, P. mahali A. Smith." (Moreau in Peters 1962, XV, 5).   
Var. Ploceopasser, Ploceipasser, Ploceuspasser.   
Synon. Agrophilus, Fullerellus, Leucophrys, Philagrus.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 10 December 2018).