White-headed buffalo weaver in exhibit

White-headed Buffalo Weaver

Scientific Name

Dinemellia dinemelli

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Range

Eastern Africa, from Tanzania to Somalia

Habitat

Savannas and dry brush

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
White-headed buffalo weaver in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

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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