Species names in all available languages
|English (South Africa)||Scaly-feathered Finch|
|English (United States)||Scaly Weaver|
|French (French Guiana)||Sporopipe squameux|
|Russian||Усатый воробьиный ткачик|
|Spanish (Spain)||Tejedorcito escamoso|
|Turkish||Pul Alınlı Dokumacı|
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, A", 1836)
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Movements and Migration
Usually resident, the Scaly Weaver shows no large-scale movements, but can be locally nomadic during periods of drought or when other unfavorable conditions prevail (46). Ringed birds have been recovered dead 10–13 km (n = 3) from the ringing (banding) site; two of these recoveries were juveniles aged 6 months, suggesting that this was juvenile dispersal (2).
Dispersal and Site Fidelity
In a sample of SAFRING banding data, there were 213 recaptures or recoveries, and at least 88% were found at the same locality, indicating high site fidelity (unpublished analysis - note many recaptures had slightly different coordinates than those of initial banding, but were probably errors meant to be the same).
The species is resident.