Scaly-feathered Finch (Sporopipes squamifrons) - African Wildlife and Nature Photographs

Scaly-feathered Finch (Sporopipes squamifrons)

Family: Ploceidae

Genus: Sporopipes

The Scaly-feathered Finch (Sporopipes squamifrons) also known as the Scaly-feathered Weaver. Although called finch it is not a true finch of the Fringillidae family but is a species of bird in the Ploceidae family, this family group includes birds such as Weavers, Quelea's and Widow-birds.

The Scaly-feathered Finch is endemic to central and west sub-Saharan Africa where it's favourite habit is dry savannah and bushy desert water courses. The Scaly-feathered Finch is a small bird of some 10cm (4in) and weighs between 9-13 grams (0.3-0.5 oz), easily identifiable with their buff to white coloured breasts feathers, pink bill and legs, broad black malar stripes, black speckled fore crown, white edged wings and black tail with white edging.

Similar to the Red-headed Finch the Scaly-feathered Finch is often found in small groups with other seed eating birds. The Scaly-feathered Finch nests are ball shaped with a small side entrance tunnel or they may even use old weavers nests which are usually built in a thorn tree, where the female Scaly-feathered Finch will lay between 2-7 eggs.

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