Scaly Feathered Weaver

Scientific Name:
Sporopipes squamifrons
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Scaly Feathered Weaver

The Scaly-feathered Weaver (Sporopipes squamifrons) is a small bird species native to parts of sub-Saharan Africa.


Scaly-feathered Weavers are typically found in arid and semi-arid habitats, including savannas, grasslands, scrublands, and desert fringes. They are well adapted to dry environments and are often seen in areas with sparse vegetation, including Acacia savannas and thornveld. These weavers are also commonly found in agricultural areas, including fields and pastures with scattered trees and shrubs.


Scaly-feathered Weavers are relatively small birds, measuring approximately 12 to 14 centimeters (4.7 to 5.5 inches) in length. They have a compact body, short tail, and relatively long, pointed bill. Their plumage is predominantly brown or grayish-brown, with intricate scalloped markings on the feathers that give them their name. They have a distinctive pale eyebrow and a yellow or buff-colored belly. Best Viewing The best places to view Scaly-feathered Weavers are in their native habitats within sub-Saharan Africa. Look for them in arid and semi-arid habitats with suitable vegetation, such as savannas, grasslands, and scrublands. These weavers are often seen perched on low shrubs or bushes, where they forage for insects, seeds, and other food items. During the breeding season, males may also be observed displaying and building intricate woven nests.