Scaly Weaver Sporopipes squamifrons Scientific name definitions

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The Scaly Weaver may be quiet at times, but often small groups keep in touch with their pleasant contact call, especially in flight when moving between shrubs or trees.



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Vocal Array


In the apparent advertisement song, a male will sit on top of a tree keeping up a feeble and unmusical: skrrip-skrip-skree–tip–skrrip-skra–tip–skrrip, etc...., which is repeated for several minutes at times (64). The song is also described as being "a rather harsher note," delivered while the male bobs his head (65), and a repetitive 2-note kreep-crop - kreep-crop - kreep-crop (3). The female solicits copulation with a high-pitched zi-zi-zi (1).


The contact call is a pleasant ching-ching-ching in flight; in flocks, this sounds like a chattering chirri-chirri-chirri [ ] (2). The calls are also described as sibilant, tripping strip-trip-trip-stripstrip-trip-sstrip-sstrip-sstripsstrip [ ], a wispy ssirrip or ssip-ssip [ ], sometimes with slightly nasal tone sstrink, or sseng-sseng-sseng-sirrip, and a husky shayng-shayng (2). When groups are calling in an area, they give a general impression of an almost continuous series of husky, jerky churrings from one or other of the birds in the party (64).

Geographic Variation

There is no known geographic variation in the vocalizations of the species.


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Daily Pattern of Vocalizing

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Places of Vocalizing

Song is typically delivered from an elevated perch, such as a tree, a pole, or a fence, while contact calls are given from a perch, on the ground, or in flight.

Sex Differences

There are no known differences in the vocalizations of the sexes.

Repertoire and Delivery of Songs

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Social Context and Presumed Functions of Vocalizations

Information needed, but small groups reportedly keep in touch via contact calls, especially in flight when moving between shrubs or trees.

Nonvocal Sounds

There are no nonvocal sounds known for the Scaly Weaver.

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