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Scaly-feathered Finch Sporopipes squamifrons(species text)
PHOWN priorities: none yet
No of records in PHOWN for this species: 22
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 - 1.8 - 5 (n=17)||ln captivity, female built nest while male brought material|
Nest siteType of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
|tree - 22|
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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Published breeding informationBreeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.
Range changes in SA
Areas with very large increases include:
Large decreases appear to have occurred:
Range changes elsewhereAngola: 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
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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 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 3  - Range changes : Scaly-feathered Finch (2017-01-25)
Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Scaly-feathered Finch (2015-05-27)
Weaver Wednesday : Scaly-feathered Finch (2012-08-01)