Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Olive-headed Weaver2016-08-03 (735)
Weaver Wednesday (species text)
Olive-headed Weaver Ploceus olivaceiceps
IntroductionThe Olive-headed Weaver was formally described by Anton Reichenow, a German ornithologist and herpetologist.
The Olive-headed Weaver was collected by Friedrich Fulleborn, a Prussian physician.
Fulleborn studied medicine and natural sciences in Berlin. From 1896 onward, he was a military physician assigned to the Schutztruppe in German East Africa (Tanzania). In 1898-1900 he participated in the Nyassa- und Kingagebirgs Expedition to southern Tanzania, where he conducted anthropological and ethnographic research. He also collected bird specimens, including the type of the Olive-headed Weaver, while near Songea
The first illustration of the Olive-headed Weaver was of an adult, published by Reichenow (1902). The next illustration was published much later by Mackworth (1955).
Scientific citationSymplectes olivaceiceps Reichenow 1899a, Ornithol. Monatsber. 7:7, Songea, Tanzania.
Meaning of namesolivaceiceps, Modern Latin: olivaceus, olivaceous; L. -ceps, headed.
First English nameOlive-headed Golden Weaver (Shelley 1905b).
Alternate namesOlive-headed Golden Weaver.
Locality collectedSongea, Tanzania.
Type specimensThe type is in the Berlin Museum (ZMB_47.105).