Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Compact Weaver2016-01-13 (692)
Weaver Wednesday (species text)
Compact Weaver Pachyphantes superciliosus
IntroductionThe Compact Weaver was formally described by George Ernest Shelley, an English geologist and ornithologist.
Shelley had 2 specimens of the Compact Weaver. An adult female specimen was donated to Sharpe's collection by entomologist William Wilson Saunders, and this specimen is now in the British Museum. The second specimen was a non-breeding bird collected in Accra, by Shelley who visited Ghana from mid January to March 1872 to collect birds.
The first illustration of the Compact Weaver was published in Sharpe (1890) of the two type specimens, a non-breeding adult and a female. The next illustration relating to this species was a photo of its nest published in Chapin (1917). The breeding male was first illustrated by Bannerman (1949).
Scientific citationHyphantornis superciliosus Shelley 1873, Ibis, p.140 Accra, Gold Coast.
Meaning of namessuperciliosus, Latin: superciliosus, eyebrowed (refers to eyebrow of breeding female).
First English nameBuff-browed Weaver-bird (Layard 1884).
Alternate namesOmo River Compact Weaver.
CollectorW Wilson Saunders and George Ernest Shelley.
Date collectedMarch 1872.
Locality collectedAccra, Ghana.
Type specimensThere is a type specimen in the British Museum (BM 18188.8.131.52).