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[[Image:White-browed_Sparrow_Weaver.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by {{user|Mybs|Mybs}}<br />[[Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park]], [[South Africa]], September 2005]]
[[Image:White-browed_Sparrow_Weaver.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by Mybs<br />Photo taken: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.]]
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;[[:Category:Plocepasser|Plocepasser]] mahali
 
 
A noisy, active and gregarious Sparrow-weaver of dry regions with woodland or open but wooded grassland.
 
 
==Identification==
 
==Identification==
17-19cm.  Broad, white eyebrow stripe and white rump, male has black bill, female's horn-coloured; that of the juvenile is pinkish-brown.
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Length 16-19 cm, mass 40-55 g
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*Broad, white eyebrow stripe and white rump
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*Bill: black in male; female - horn-coloured; juvenile - pinkish-brown
 
==Distribution==
 
==Distribution==
Northern [[South Africa]], [[Botswana]], northern and central [[Namibia]], and western [[Zimbabwe]].
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[[Image:White-browed Sparrow-Weaver ssp pectoralis .jpg|thumb|350px|right|Sub-species ''pectoralis''<br />Photo by {{user|nkgray|nkgray}}<br />Near Puku Ridge camp, [[South Luangwa National Park]], [[Zambia]], July 2010]]
 
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[[Africa]]<br />
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'''Western Africa''': [[Angola]]<br />
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'''Eastern Africa''': [[Sudan]], [[Ethiopia]], [[Somalia]], [[Kenya]], [[Uganda]], [[Tanzania]], [[Zambia]], [[Mozambique]], [[Malawi]]<br />
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'''Southern Africa''': northern and central [[Namibia]], [[Botswana]], western [[Zimbabwe]], northern [[South Africa]], Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, [[Lesotho]]
 
==Taxonomy==
 
==Taxonomy==
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====Subspecies<sup>[[#References|[1]]]</sup>====
 
There are four recognized subspecies:  
 
There are four recognized subspecies:  
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*''P. m. melanorhynchus'':
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:*[[Sudan]] to [[Kenya]]
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*''P. m. ansorgei'':
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:*Southern [[Angola]] to extreme northern [[Namibia]]
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*''P. m. pectoralis'': has breast speckling not found in the nominate species
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:*[[Tanzania]], [[Zambia]], [[Malawi]], [[Mozambique]], [[Zimbabwe]], [[Botswana]]
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*''P. m. mahali'':
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:*Southern [[Namibia]], southern [[Botswana]], southern [[Zimbabwe]] and [[South Africa]]
  
''P. m. mahali'' - eastern part of the northern Cape Province of South Africa.
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Two additional subspecies, ''stentor'' and ''terricolor'' are not recognised by all authorities.<sup>[[#References|[2]]]</sup>
 
 
''P. m. stentor'' - western part of the northern Cape Province northwards along the Namibian escarpment.
 
 
 
''P. m. terricolor'' - eastern Botswana.
 
 
 
''P. m. pectoralis'' - northeastern Zimbabwe along the lower Zambezi river.
 
 
 
 
==Habitat==
 
==Habitat==
Dry regions with woodland or wooded grassland.
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Dry acacia and mopane woodland, thornveld and dry river courses, acacia savannah.
 
==Behaviour==
 
==Behaviour==
They build  inverted-U-shaped nests of dry grass  
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A noisy, active and gregarious Sparrow-weaver.
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====Diet====
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Forage in groups (usually less than 10 individuals) on the ground, mostly near the nest tree. Diet includes insects, seeds, fruit and leaves.
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====Breeding====
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Monogamous; colonial and cooperative breeder. They build  inverted-U-shaped nests of dry grass. One to three eggs are incubated for about 14 days; The nestling period is about 22 days.
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==References==
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#{{Ref-Clements6thDec10}}#Avibase
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#Wikipedia
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#BF Member observations
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{{ref}}
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
{{GSearch|Plocepasser+mahali}}
 
{{GSearch|Plocepasser+mahali}}
  
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[[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Plocepasser]]

Latest revision as of 17:49, 24 June 2011

Plocepasser mahali

Identification

Length 16-19 cm, mass 40-55 g

  • Broad, white eyebrow stripe and white rump
  • Bill: black in male; female - horn-coloured; juvenile - pinkish-brown

Distribution

Sub-species pectoralis
Photo by nkgray
Near Puku Ridge camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, July 2010

Africa
Western Africa: Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: northern and central Namibia, Botswana, western Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Lesotho

Taxonomy

Subspecies[1]

There are four recognized subspecies:

  • P. m. melanorhynchus:
  • P. m. ansorgei:
  • P. m. pectoralis: has breast speckling not found in the nominate species
  • P. m. mahali:

Two additional subspecies, stentor and terricolor are not recognised by all authorities.[2]

Habitat

Dry acacia and mopane woodland, thornveld and dry river courses, acacia savannah.

Behaviour

A noisy, active and gregarious Sparrow-weaver.

Diet

Forage in groups (usually less than 10 individuals) on the ground, mostly near the nest tree. Diet includes insects, seeds, fruit and leaves.

Breeding

Monogamous; colonial and cooperative breeder. They build inverted-U-shaped nests of dry grass. One to three eggs are incubated for about 14 days; The nestling period is about 22 days.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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