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Weaver Wednesday [191] - Discovery [74]: Bar-winged Weaver

2016-02-10 (697)

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Bar-winged Weaver Ploceus angolensis

Bar-winged Weaver
Bar-winged Weaver
figure from Shelley (1887)
Bar-winged Weaver
Bar-winged Weaver, figure
from Mclachlan & Liversidge (1957)
Bar-winged Weaver map
Bar-winged Weaver
distribution, type locality circled


The Bar-winged Weaver was formally described by Jose Vicente Barbosa du Bocage, a Portuguese zoologist and politician. He was curator of the Lisbon Museum, and described several other weavers.

The Bar-winged Weaver was collected by Jose Alberto de Oliveira Anchieta, a Portuguese explorer and naturalist, who collected a large number of birds in Angola. In 1867 the Portuguese government hired Anchieta as a naturalist but probably also as a secret agent and informer in the Caconda region of Angola. Anchieta lived in Caconda, explored the area and sent many specimens and letters to his scientific correspondents in Lisbon. Anchieta discovered the Bar-winged Weaver near Caconda, and sent a specimen to the Lisbon Museum.

The first illustration of the Bar-winged Weaver was published in Shelley (1887). The second illustration was published decades later, by Mclachlan & Liversidge (1957).

Scientific citation

Sharpia angolensis Bocage 1878 Jorn. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat. Lisboa, 6, p.258 Caconda, Angola.

Meaning of names

angolensis, After Angola (Mbundu native name ngola, title of the rulers of the kingdom of Ndongo).

First English name

Sharpe's Weaver Bird (Layard 1884).

Alternate names

Angola Bar-winged Weaver.


Jose de Anchieta.

Date collected

Before 1878.

Locality collected

Caconda, Angola.

Type specimens

The type specimen was in the Museum of Lisbon, before a fire destroyed the museum.