French: Mahali à calotte marron German: Kastanienscheitelweber Spanish: Tejedor gorrión coronicastaño
Gambia and S Senegal, SW Mali and N & C Guinea; and from S Burkina Faso and N parts of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin E in narrow band to N Central African Republic and SW Sudan, thence E to W Eritrea and W & N Ethiopia and, in S, to South Sudan, NE DRCongo, N Uganda and W Kenya.
18 cm; 30–45 g. Large brown-and-white sparrow-like weaver with rufous crown. Has forehead and crown chestnut-brown, white superciliary stripe, pale chestnut lores and... read more
Song a short phrase of jumbled notes, often ending in trill. Soft, rapid ticking call reported.
Woodland and tall bush areas, generally below 2000 m. In Ethiopia, occurs above P. mahali... read more
Food and feeding
Few details. Seeds reported in diet. Forages mainly on ground, often in association with waxbills (Estrildidae), sparrows and ... read more
Breeds Sept–Nov in Gambia, Jun in Burkina Faso, Apr–Aug in Nigeria, Feb and May–Jun in Sudan, May in Ethiopia, Mar–... read more
Presumed mostly resident. In Ghana described as partial migrant, with notable increase in numbers... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to rather scarce throughout range; generally local. Occurs in semi-arid regions, where human populations normally sparse.
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