Scaly Weaver Sporopipes squamifrons Scientific name definitions

H. Dieter Oschadleus
Version: 2.0 — Published February 23, 2023

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were 213 recaptures or recoveries, and at least 88% were found at the same locality, indicating high site fidelity (unpublished analysis - note many recaptures had slightly different coordinates than those of initial banding, but were probably errors meant to be the same).

Migration Overview

The species is resident.

Recommended Citation

Oschadleus, H. D. (2023). Scaly Weaver (Sporopipes squamifrons), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (G. D. Engelbrecht, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.scawea1.02