Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver / Plocepasser donaldsoni

Donaldson-Smith\'s Sparrow-Weaver / Plocepasser donaldsoni

Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver

SCI Name:  Plocepasser donaldsoni
Protonym:  Plocepasser donaldsoni Bull.Br.Orn.Club 5 p.14
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Ploceidae /
Taxonomy Code:  dsswea1
Type Locality:  eastern Africa near Lasamis, Kenya Colony [lat. 1° 40'' N., long. 37° 48'' E.], according to Sclater, 1930, Syst. Av. Aethiop., p. 718.
Publish Year:  1895
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(Ploceidae; Ϯ White-browed Sparrow Weaver P. mahali) Portmanteau of genera Ploceus Cuvier 1816, weaver, and Passer Brisson 1760, sparrow; "Sub-genus PLOCEPASSER.*  Bill conical, pointed; culmen arched and entering between feathers of forehead; edges of upper mandible slightly waved; nostrils basal, rounded, and open; rictus slightly bristled; wings rather long, third and fourth quills equal; tail slightly rounded; tarsi moderate, outer and inner toes of equal length; claws slightly curved and rather blunt.    Plocepasser Mahali.  ...  Inhabits the country between the Orange River and the Tropic.  ...  * The Ploceus superciliosus, of Ruppel, may perhaps belong to this group." (A. Smith 1836); "Plocepasser A. Smith, 1836, Rep. Exped. Cent. Africa, p. 51. Type, by monotypy, P. mahali A. Smith." (Moreau in Peters 1962, XV, 5).   
Var. Ploceopasser, Ploceipasser, Ploceuspasser.   
Synon. Agrophilus, Fullerellus, Leucophrys, Philagrus.

Dr Arthur Donaldson Smith (1864-1939) US big-game hunter, naturalist, collector in Abyssinia and Somaliland 1894-1895 (Caprimulgus, syn. Cosmopsarus regius, subsp. Cossypha semirufa, Crithagra, syn. Merops superciliosus, Plocepasser, subsp. Tauraco leucotis).