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This account is part of the 8th edition of Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. This project is a joint collaboration between the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. H. Dieter Oschadleus revised the account. Peter Pyle contributed to the Plumages, Molts, and Structure page. Shawn M. Billerman contributed to the Systematics page. Arnau Bonan Barfull curated the media. Huy C. Truong updated the distribution map.
Sporopipes squamifrons (Smith, 1836)
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Scaly Weaver Sporopipes squamifrons Scientific name definitions
Version: 2.0 — Published February 23, 2023
This species is unmistakable; it is a small, pale seed-eater with a scaly, black-and-white forehead and forecrown, black lores, distinctive malar stripes, a rose-pink bill, and black wing coverts with broad white edges. In juveniles, the malar stripes are brown and rather indistinct, the crown and forehead are dull gray-brown, and the scaliness of the forehead is reduced, with the bill is horn yellow. A gregarious weaver, look for them in pairs or small groups in the drier parts of southern Africa (1).
There are no similar species within its range.