The White Browed Sparrow Weaver

Plocepasser mahali (subspecies stentor?) and friends. Kalahari, South Africa.



  1. #1 Richard Simons
    December 6, 2007

    We had these birds nesting across the road from our house in Namibia. What struck me was that less than 15 minutes after the first rain of the rainy season, they were flying back and forth with nesting material.

  2. #2 Anne Gilbert
    December 7, 2007

    It looks a lot like an “English” sparrow(but then, they’re in the weaver finch family too).
    Anne G

  3. #3 Richard Simons
    December 7, 2007

    White-browed sparrow weavers are larger than house sparrows (which are about the same size as the grey-headed sparrows in the photo). Their brief song is more musical too.

  4. #4 pohanginapete
    December 13, 2007

    The photo brings back great memories from earlier this year I saw these in Malawi and Zambia last May. Cheers Greg.