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Weaver Wednesday [187] - Discovery [70]: Compact Weaver

2016-01-13 (692)

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Compact Weaver Pachyphantes superciliosus

Compact Weaver
Compact Weaver non-breeding adult &
female, figure from Sharpe (1890)
Compact Weaver
Compact Weaver nest,
figure from Chapin (1917)
Compact Weaver map
Compact Weaver
distribution, type locality circled


The Compact Weaver was formally described by George Ernest Shelley, an English geologist and ornithologist.

Shelley had 2 specimens of the Compact Weaver. An adult female specimen was donated to Sharpe's collection by entomologist William Wilson Saunders, and this specimen is now in the British Museum. The second specimen was a non-breeding bird collected in Accra, by Shelley who visited Ghana from mid January to March 1872 to collect birds.

The first illustration of the Compact Weaver was published in Sharpe (1890) of the two type specimens, a non-breeding adult and a female. The next illustration relating to this species was a photo of its nest published in Chapin (1917). The breeding male was first illustrated by Bannerman (1949).

Scientific citation

Hyphantornis superciliosus Shelley 1873, Ibis, p.140 Accra, Gold Coast.

Meaning of names

superciliosus, Latin: superciliosus, eyebrowed (refers to eyebrow of breeding female).

First English name

Buff-browed Weaver-bird (Layard 1884).

Alternate names

Omo River Compact Weaver.


W Wilson Saunders and George Ernest Shelley.

Date collected

March 1872.

Locality collected

Accra, Ghana.

Type specimens

There is a type specimen in the British Museum (BM 1877.7.11.227).