The speckle-fronted weaver (Sporopipes frontalis) has a distinctive black and white speckled forehead which gives it its name. One of the smallest weavers, it is also known as the Scaly-fronted Weaver. A ground feeding bird, it is generally found in small groups. Sexes look alike and they breed either in small colonies or sometimes as an isolated pair. The Speckle-fronted Weaver inhabits dry bush and open thorn-scrub savanna, and thickets, often around villages. It is found from Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia across the West African savanna belt to Uganda and Tanzania.