Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Orange Weaver2015-02-25 (624)
Weaver Wednesday (species text)
Orange Weaver Ploceus aurantius
IntroductionThe Orange Weaver was formally described by Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot, a French ornithologist. The birds had been collected by Jean Perrein, a French naturalist, who travelled in Africa and on other continents. Vieillot was interested in the habits of living birds, but Perrein did not seem to provide any field notes for the Orange Weaver, as he had done for the Crested Malimbe.
Vieillot mentioned that the Orange Weaver had been collected in the same area as the previous species in his publication, ie. the Crested Malimbe. Thus the type locality is Malimbe, now called Malembo, in Cabinda, Angola.
Perrein sent his specimens to Academy of Sciences in Bordeaux, France, from where the Orange Weaver type was moved to the Paris Museum (Swainson 1838).
Scientific citationMalimbus aurantius Vieillot 1805 Ois. Chant. p.73 Malimbe.
Meaning of namesaurantia Mod. Latin aurantius, orange-coloured, tawny (aurantia, an orange).
Alternate namesUganda Orange Weaver.
Date collectedBefore 1805.
Locality collectedMalimbe =Malembo, Cabinda, Angola.
Type specimensType specimen probably still in the Natural History Museum in Paris.