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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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