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[[Image:White-browed_Sparrow_Weaver.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by Mybs<br />Photo taken: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, [[South Africa]].]]
[[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
 
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==Identification==
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Length 16-19 cm, mass 40-55 g.
  
==Identification==
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Broad, white eyebrow stripe and white rump, male has black bill, female's horn-coloured; that of the juvenile is pinkish-brown.
17-19cm.  Broad, white eyebrow stripe and white rump, male has black bill, female's horn-coloured; that of the juvenile is pinkish-brown.
 
 
==Distribution==
 
==Distribution==
 
Northern [[South Africa]], [[Botswana]], northern and central [[Namibia]], and western [[Zimbabwe]].  
 
Northern [[South Africa]], [[Botswana]], northern and central [[Namibia]], and western [[Zimbabwe]].  
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==Taxonomy==
 
==Taxonomy==
 
There are four recognized subspecies:  
 
There are four recognized subspecies:  
 
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*''P. m. mahali'' - eastern part of the northern Cape Province of South Africa.  
''P. m. mahali'' - eastern part of the northern Cape Province of South Africa.  
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*''P. m. stentor'' - western part of the northern Cape Province northwards along the Namibian escarpment.  
 
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*''P. m. terricolor'' - eastern Botswana.  
''P. m. stentor'' - western part of the northern Cape Province northwards along the Namibian escarpment.  
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*''P. m. pectoralis'' - northeastern Zimbabwe along the lower Zambezi river.
 
 
''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 regions with woodland or savanna.
 
==Behaviour==
 
==Behaviour==
They build  inverted-U-shaped nests of dry grass  
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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.
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
{{GSearch|Plocepasser+mahali}}
 
{{GSearch|Plocepasser+mahali}}
  
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[[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Plocepasser]]

Revision as of 15:19, 9 November 2008

Photo by Mybs
Photo taken: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.
Plocepasser mahali

Identification

Length 16-19 cm, mass 40-55 g.

Broad, white eyebrow stripe and white rump, male has black bill, female's horn-coloured; that of the juvenile is pinkish-brown.

Distribution

Northern South Africa, Botswana, northern and central Namibia, and western Zimbabwe.

Taxonomy

There are four recognized subspecies:

  • P. m. mahali - eastern part of the northern Cape Province of South Africa.
  • 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

Dry regions with woodland or savanna.

Behaviour

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.

External Links

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