Ornithological Note 448

First record of the Speckle-fronted Weaver in Togo

Ignasi Oliveras November 15, 2016
Country: Togo
Section(s): distribution, General

I observed two adult Speckle-fronted Weavers (Sporopipes frontalis), perhaps a pair, near Tami, Savanes, northern Togo, on six different days between 29 September and 9 October 2016. There are apparently no previous records of the Speckle-fronted Weaver in Togo, but since it has been recorded in neighbouring areas of Benin, its possible presence in the northern region of the Savanes was already suggested (Cheke & Walsh 1996). The locality of Tami (10º51’N 0º03’E) is in the extreme north-west of the country, near its borders with Ghana and Burkina Faso. Habitats in the region comprise a mosaic of fields, ponds, wooded savannas and small woods. The birds were often seen at close range, while moving and resting in the bushes.


Cheke, R.A. & Walsh, J. (1996). The Birds of Togo. An Annotated Check-list. BOU Check-list 14. British Ornithologists’ Union, Tring, UK. 

Sporopipes frontalis, Togo, adult External link

Recommended Citation

Oliveras, I. (2016). First record of the Speckle-fronted Weaver in Togo. HBW Alive Ornithological Note 448. In: Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow-on.100448