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

A noisy, active and gregarious Sparrow-weaver of dry regions with woodland or open but wooded grassland.

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.

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 wooded grassland.

Behaviour

They build inverted-U-shaped nests of dry grass

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