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Speckle-fronted Weaver Sporopipes frontalis(species text)
PHOWN priorities: none yet
No of records in PHOWN for this species: 8
Colony sizeColony size for this species in PHOWN (min - mean - max, sample size) and published data:
|PHOWN||Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15|
|1 - 9.9 - 35 (n=8)||n/a|
Nest siteType of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
|tree - 8|
PHOWN Records per month for this species
|Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15||Sept-Dec over much of range, sometimes until Feb/Mar; breeding recorded also Apr-May in Ethiopia, May-Jul in Kenya and May-Aug in Tanzania; in W Africa breeding reported both in wet season and at height of dry season|
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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Published breeding informationBreeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.
Monogamous; unclear if long-term pair-bond
Sept-Dec over much of range, sometimes until Feb/Mar; breeding recorded also Apr-May in Ethiopia, May-Jul in Kenya and May-Aug in Tanzania; in W Africa breeding reported both in wet season and at height of dry season
placed 2-6 m above ground in shrub or tree
pale grey mottled with darker markings, giving impression of dark brown ground colour
size 17.5 x 12.5 mm (Sudan)
in captivity, incubation by female only, period not recorded
chicks fed by both sexes (by regurgitation of crushed seeds)
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3816, Tanzania, Grumeti Reserves, Harris Ann
5246, Tanzania, Seronera, Serengeti NP, Harris Ann
5658, Tanzania, Sasakwa Dam, Sasakwa Plains, Grumeti Reserves, Harris Ann
5674, Tanzania, Sasakwa Dam, Sasakwa Plains, Grumeti Reserves, Harris Ann
5721, Tanzania, Sasakwa Dam, Sasakwa Plains, Grumeti Reserves, Harris Ann
17857, Kenya, Nairobi National Park, Cronje Pieter
22961, Kenya, Lukenya Getaway, Cronje Pieter
23018, Kenya, Lukenya, Cronje Pieter
All PHOWN news items relating to this speciesThe headers below refer to Weaver News items featuring PHOWN and this species. Click on a header to see the News item, which includes the full news item. (The number in brackets is the date that the news item appeared on Weaver Watch).
Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Speckle-fronted Weaver (2015-02-04)
Weaver Wednesday : Speckle-fronted Weaver (2013-04-10)
First PHOWN record for Speckle-fronted Weaver (2012-11-10)