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Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Photo by peterday
Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, November, 2013
Plocepasser superciliosus


Length 15-17 cm.

Similar Species

Similar to the White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, but has a chestnut crown and ear-coverts, a narrower white eyebrow, brown rump and different head-pattern.


Africa: Occurs in a band across the northern part of the continent between 8°N and 15°N from Senegambia in the west to north-western Kenya and eastern Ethiopia in the east.


Adult Male
Photo by MSA
Tujering, The Gambia, Dec 2008

Some authorities treat this as a monotypic species while others1 recognize two subspecies, superciliosus and brunnescens2.


Open, and often rocky, woodland.


These are ground feeding birds which occur in small groups. They are quiet and unobtrusive (in sharp contrast to some of the other Plocepassers).


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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