Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser donaldsoni)


Taxonomy

French: Mahali de Donaldson German: Dornbuschweber Spanish: Tejedor gorrión de Donaldson
Taxonomy:

Plocepasser donaldsoni

Sharpe

, 1895,

“Eastern Africa” = Lasamis, Kenya

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In the past, this species sometimes treated within a separate genus, Fullerellus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Ethiopia and N Kenya; also S Somalia (isolated records at Afmadow).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 35–45 g. Large sparrow-like weaver with scaly crown and white rump. Forehead and crown are dark brown with pale edges, producing scaly effect; nape and... read more

Voice

Song a rambling combination of varied notes, including harsh sounds, whistles and warbling, loudest... read more

Habitat

Dry bushland, open woodland, grassland and rocky areas, including barren lava country; to 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Grass seeds and insects noted in stomach contents. Forages on ground. Occurs in small flocks, sometimes in association with Dinemellia... read more

Breeding

Breeds in Jan, Jun, Jul, Sept and Dec in Kenya. No information on mating system; probably a co-operative breeder. Nest a tube of dry grass... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Little known; apparently locally common. Occurs in regions very sparsely populated by humans.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser donaldsoni). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60969 on 18 November 2017).