White-headed Buffalo Weaver
Estimated Wild Population
White-headed buffalo weavers have a black tail and wings; an orange rump; and a white nape, forehead, and crown. They forage on the ground for insects, seeds, and fruit.
Interesting Fact 1
White-headed buffalo weavers were named for their elaborate nests, which often have multiple compartments and tunnels, that they “weave” together using thorny branches.
Interesting Fact 2
Their nests are so elaborate and well-made that other birds often use their vacant nests instead of building their own.
Interesting Fact 3
During courtship displays, males and females vocalize, raise and lower themselves simultaneously while perching, and extend their wings to display white underfeathers.
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