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First PHOWN record from Sudan

2012-07-02 (233)

Village Weaver The first PHOWN record from Sudan has been submitted by Noon Eltahir. The record is of a male Village Weaver building a new nest near the capital Khartoum. Nikolaus (1987 Distribution atlas of Sudan's birds with notes on habitat and status) recorded 44 weaver species from Sudan, although some of these were rare records. One additional species has been recorded - Slender-billed Weaver. The more common (at least locally) weaver species are: Thick-billed Weaver, Yellow-crowned Bishop, White-winged Widowbird, Red-collared Widowbird, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Yellow Bishop, Northern Red Bishop, Black-winged Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Red-headed Malimbe, Cinnamon Weaver (endemic), Village Weaver, Rüppell's Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Lesser Masked Weaver, Little Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Vieillot's Black Weaver, Compact Weaver, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Red-billed Quelea, White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Grey-headed Social-weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Black-headed Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver.

East Africa is well represented in PHOWN by the number of countries that have weaver nest records: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania. There are no PHOWN records from Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi yet.

Photo: Village Weaver nest in Sudan (N Eltahir), Phown 2498.