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Weaver Wednesday 3  - Range changes : Fan-tailed Widowbird 2017-06-07 ( 784)
Weaver Wednesday 3: range changes in S Africa
Fan-tailed Widowbird, 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).
Fan-tailed Widowbird, figure from Birdpix Range changes in SA
In South Africa the Fan-tailed Widowbird has more grid cells with increases in reporting rate than cells showing decreases, between SABAP1 (1987-1991) and SABAP2 (2007-).
Range change summary
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increases n % n %
Decrease 109 25 34 13
Tiny change 117 27 73 29
Increase 213 48 144 58
Total 439 100 251 100
The points below match the points on the map above.
Areas with very large increases include:
1. Gauteng, western Mpumalanga and eastern Free State - there has been a range expansion into these areas since SABAP1, probably due to higher rainfall.
Areas with very large decreases include:
2. Northern parts of the Eastern Cape, although the reporting rate here is low.
Areas with small changes include:
3. KwaZulu-Natal - this is the core of its range in South Africa, and its population appears to be fairly stable here.
Range changes elsewhere
Mozambique: increasing on Inhaca Island ( de Boer 1999a).
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