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Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver Plocepasser donaldsoni

(species text)

PHOWN priorities: none yet

Most recent PHOWN record for this species (recent thumbnails and full species listing at end of this web page):

Vm 24562

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 4

Colony size

Colony size for this species in PHOWN (min - mean - max, sample size) and published data:
PHOWN Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
2 - 11.5 - 21 (n=2)up to 20 nests in single tree
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
tree - 4

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Breeds in Jan, Jun, Jul, Sept and Dec in Kenya

Figure above right: breeding seasonality shown as records per month (if available), where months are numbered from January where January=1 etc.
The records are grouped into 6 regions: Safr=southern Africa, Cafr=central Africa, Wafr=western Africa, Eafr=eastern Africa, Asia=southern Asia, IO=Indian Ocean islands
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Breeding distribution

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Published breeding information

Breeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.

No information; probably a co-operative breeder
Breeds in Jan, Jun, Jul, Sept and Dec in Kenya
placed 1.5-3 m above ground in low thorn tree or bush
up to 20 nests in single tree
not recorded
eggs pinkish or greyish, with fine, diffuse speckles of mauve and reddish-brown
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No information
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Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records

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Vm 24562

Vm 9254

Vm 3221

Vm 2646

List of all PHOWN records for this species

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2646, 2,Kenya, Buffalo Springs NP, Kenya, Steen Lia, tree
3221, 21,Kenya, Samburu; near the Park gate or between the gate and Isiolo, Sinclair, Ian, tree
9254, 0,Kenya, Archers Post, 145 miles NNE of Nairobi, Oberholser HC, tree
24562, 0,Kenya, Samburu NR, Kenya, Steen L., tree

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday [214] - Discovery [97]: Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver (2016-07-20)
Weaver Wednesday [37]: Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver (2013-02-27)
First PHOWN record for Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver (2012-08-06)