White-Headed Buffalo Weaver

Latin Name
Dinemellia dinemelli

Class
Birds

Order
Passeriformes

Description

Reaching 7 inches in length, the white-headed buffalo weaver has black wings and tail, an orange rump and a white chest and head.


 

Range

Eastern Africa, from Tanzania to Somalia


Status

Considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Habitat

Savanna and dry brush


Niche

They forage on the ground for insects, seeds and fruit.


Life History

White-headed buffalo weavers are named for their elaborate nests, which they build by “weaving” together thorny branches. Females lay three–five eggs, which are incubated for 11–14 days. Both parents build the nest and feed chicks.




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