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Compact Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck
Bwamanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 2012
Ploceus superciliosus

Pachyphantes superciliosus


12 cm (4¾ in); a short-tailed weaver
Breeding Male

  • Chestnut forehead
  • Golden fore-crown
  • Blackish hindcrown


Transitional plumage
Photo by twhiteheadedvulture
Accra, Ghana, April 2016

Across middle Africa
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania


This is a monotypic species[1] which is sometimes placed in the genus Pachyphantes.


Tall grassland, which is seasonally wet or flooded lowland. Also areas with scattered thickets or bushes.



Their diet consists mostly of seeds and arthropods. They possibly also eat some fruit when available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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