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Scaly-feathered Finch Sporopipes squamifrons

(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 25180

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 22

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
1 - 1.8 - 5 (n=17)ln captivity, female built nest while male brought material
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
tree - 22

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Monogamous, at least within a breeding 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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Breeding distribution

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Published breeding information

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

Scaly-feathered Finch, Range-change map between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-current).
Red, orange and yellow = cells with very large, large, and small relative decreases
Blue, dark green and light green = cells with very large, large and small relative increases.
Cells = quarter-degree grid cells; Only cells with at least 4 checklists in both SABAP1&2 shown. All cells had this species recorded in SABAP1 or in SABAP2 or in both (more about interpretation at Biodiversity Observations 7.62: 1-13).

Scaly-feathered Finch
Scaly-feathered Finch,
figure from Birdpix

Range changes in SA

Range change summary
More 4 lists 30 lists
increases n % n %
Decrease 206 30 68 41
Tiny change 141 21 38 23
Increase 337 50 61 36
Total 684 100 167 100
In South Africa the Scaly-feathered Finch has more grid cells with increases in reporting rate than cells showing decreases, between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-), although this is reversed when using 30 checklists for the analysis. The points below match the points on the map above.

Areas with very large increases include:
1. range expansion towards Pafuri (KNP), and breeding
2. range increases around Burgersfort
3. Northern Cape and western Free State show large or very large increases
4. Western parts of the Eastern Cape areas show large or very large increases

Large decreases appear to have occurred:
5. In Gauteng it has a very low reporting rate, probably due to decreases in size of suitable habitat patches
6. Large or very large decreases appear to have occurred over large areas of northern South Africa, probably related to habitat changes.

Range changes elsewhere

Angola: range extends further than mapped in (Fry 2004a) (in prep.).
Zimbabwe: range increasing around Bulawayo (Dean 1963a).
Monogamous, at least within a breeding season
at any time of year when conditions favourable; peak months Feb-Mar in Zambia, Dec-Apr in Botswana, Jan-Mar in Zimbabwe and Jan-Jun in South Africa
placed in tree and usually 1-4 m above ground up to 6 m in tall tree; sometimes roofs over old cup-nest of shrike (Laniidae) or flycatcher (Muscicapidae), or utilizes old nest of another weaver, e.g. Ploceus velatus
ln captivity, female built nest while male brought material
greenish, bluish or pale cream, densely freckled with grey to brownish
average size 15.7 x 11.3 mm (106 eggs from South Africa)
incubation by female alone, period 10-12 days
chicks fed by both sexes, nestling period 14-18 days

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records

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Vm 25180

Vm 19154

Vm 18491

Vm 16811

Vm 16285

Vm 15560

Vm 14021

Vm 13725

Vm 11844

Vm 11801

Vm 11767

Vm 11762

Vm 11761

Vm 11760

Vm 11647

Vm 7498

Vm 6135

Vm 5738

List of all PHOWN records for this species

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197, Angola, Side of road, between Cahama and Cunene River, Oschadleus HD; Michael Mills, Ara Monadjem
1542, South Africa, Tswalu Kalahari, veld1 , Oschadleus HD
1543, South Africa, Tswalu Kalahari, veld2 , Oschadleus HD
2772, South Africa, Lemoenspruit, Luckhoff (near Orangeriver), De Swardt D.H.
5738, South Africa, Goudkop Safari Lodge, Boshof, De Swardt D.H.
6135, South Africa, Mokala National Park, Steenberg L; Aneldi Steenberg, Zuretha Venter, Teresa Smit
7498, South Africa, Off the R359, Augrabies Falls National Park, Rosenthal, Philip
11647, South Africa, Road , Oschadleus HD; Barry and Sue Schultz
11760, South Africa, Bril se Dam farm, Oschadleus HD; Barry and Sue Schultz
11761, South Africa, Bril se Dam farm, Oschadleus HD; Barry and Sue Schultz
11762, South Africa, Bril se Dam farm, Oschadleus HD; Barry and Sue Schultz
11767, South Africa, Bril se Dam farm, Oschadleus HD; Barry and Sue Schultz
11801, South Africa, R361 road, Oschadleus HD; Barry and Sue Schultz
11844, South Africa, R359 road, Oschadleus HD; Barry and Sue Schultz
13725, South Africa, Amakulu Safari, Aletheim, De Swardt Dawie
14021, South Africa, Brinksvlei, Perdeberg area, De Swardt Dawie
15560, Namibia, Vogelstrausskluft Private Game Reserve, Gulliver Heather
16285, South Africa, MZNP, Kleiman PR
16811, South Africa, Polokwane Nature Reserve , Engelbrecht, Derek
18491, South Africa, Bosmansrus, west of Boshof, De Swardt Dawie
19154, South Africa, Klein Papkuil, du Plessis D
25180, South Africa, Soetfontein , Liebenberg Aletta Gesina

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

The 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 3 [241] - Range changes [4]: Scaly-feathered Finch (2017-01-25)
Weaver Wednesday [154] - Discovery [37]: Scaly-feathered Finch (2015-05-27)
Weaver Wednesday [7]: Scaly-feathered Finch (2012-08-01)