French: Mahali à sourcils blancs German: Weißbrauenweber Spanish: Tejedor gorrión cejiblanco
Modder River, Thabanchu, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. melanorhynchus
Rüppell, 1845 – SE South Sudan, C & S Ethiopia, SE Somalia, Uganda and Kenya.
P. m. ansorgei
E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 – SW Angola and N Namibia.
P. m. pectoralis
(W. K. H. Peters, 1868) – N, C & SE Tanzania, S & E Zambia, S Malawi, W Mozambique (W Zambezi Valley), N Zimbabwe and N Botswana.
P. m. mahali
A. Smith, 1836 – S Namibia, S Botswana, SW Zimbabwe and N & C South Africa.
17 cm; 31–59 g. Large sparrow-like weaver with broad white eyestripe and white rump. Nominate race has forehead and crown chocolate-brown, broad white eyebrow,... read more
Solo song of dominant male in group is highly individual, with complex chattering and squealing... read more
Inhabits open mopane (Colophospermum mopane) and acacia (Acacia) savanna in areas... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects and seeds, proportion of arthropod food varying both regionally and seasonally. In South Africa, up to 50% of diet insects, e.... read more
Breeds throughout year in Kenya and South Africa, depending on local conditions in areas of irregular rainfall; mostly Mar–May in E... read more
Mainly resident. Some local movements away from breeding sites; birds dispersing from natal group... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common; abundant in many semi-arid areas, and population in Zambezi Valley, in WC Mozambique, estimated at more than 1,000,000 individuals... read more
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