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Plocepasser mahali


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


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



There are four recognized subspecies:

  • P. m. melanorhynchus:
  • P. m. ansorgei:
  • P. m. pectoralis:
  • P. m. mahali:

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


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


A noisy, active and gregarious Sparrow-weaver.


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


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.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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