The Speckle-fronted Weaver Sporopipes frontalis is one of the smallest weavers. It is finch-like, with a short stubby bill. The head pattern is distinctive - the black feathers on the crown are tipped white, giving a speckled effect, which gives rise to its name. Two subspecies of the Speckle-fronted Weaver are recognised : S. f. frontalis from Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia across the West African savanna belt to Ethiopia and Eritrea / S. f. emini, South Sudan and Uganda south to Tanzania. The mantle of this subspecies is darker grey than in the nominate. Projected climate change is thought likely to increase its range in the future.
The Speckle-fronted Weaver inhabits dry bush and open thorn-scrub savanna, and thickets, often around villages. It roosts in groups in old nests throughout the year.
Source : Weaver Watch