French: Républicain d’Arnaud German: Marmorweber Spanish: Tejedor social de Arnaud
Other common names:
White Nile, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. arnaudi
(Bonaparte, 1850) – SW Sudan, South Sudan, extreme S Ethiopia, E Uganda, and W & C Kenya S to NW Tanzania; also, rare, S Somalia.
P. a. dorsalis
(Reichenow, 1887) – N, C & E Tanzania.
12 cm; 15–26 g. Small, sandy finch-like weaver with pale cap. Nominate race has forehead to nape pale grey, ending in sharp line level with eye and across nape, ring of... read more
Song a high-pitched series of 7–10 elements. Rolling and trilling flight calls and contact... read more
Dry woodland, generally below 1400 m, sometimes to 1900 m.
Food and feeding
Diet a mixture of grass seeds and insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), termites (Isoptera) and caterpillars... read more
Breeding recorded in all months; peak Aug–Dec in Sudan and Mar–May in Ethiopia and E Africa. Monogamous; sometimes co-operative... read more
Resident at colonies; juveniles disperse, females apparently leaving natal colony before males.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Distribution fragmented, with isolated populations in W Sudan (S Darfur), S Ethiopia and E Uganda; also coastal E Tanzania near Dar-... read more
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