White-headed buffalo weaver in exhibit

White-headed Buffalo Weaver

Scientific Name
Dinemellia dinemelli
Eastern Africa, from Tanzania to Somalia
Savannas and dry brush
Estimated Wild Population
White-headed buffalo weaver in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

Did You Know?

White-headed buffalo weavers were named for their elaborate nests, which often have multiple compartments and tunnels, that they “weave” together using thorny branches.

Their nests are so elaborate and well-made that other birds often use their vacant nests instead of building their own.

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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