White-headed buffalo weaver in exhibit

White-headed Buffalo Weaver

Scientific Name
Dinemellia dinemelli
Geographic Range
East Africa
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White-headed buffalo weaver in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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White-headed buffalo weavers are African perching birds with a white head, chest, and undersides, and black wings and tailfeathers. They have orange on their rump and small patches on their wings. They live in colonies and thrive in several types of ecosystems, including wetlands, savannas, and shrublands.

These birds lay two to four eggs per clutch and incubate for two weeks. Chicks are cared for by both parents and generally stay with them to create small family groups.

Did You Know?

  • White-headed buffalo weavers were named in part for their elaborate nests, which often have multiple compartments and tunnels. They weave these into a structure using thorny branches and twigs. The nests are so well-made that other birds sometimes use their vacant homes rather than building their own.
  • Their courtship behaviors include extending their wings to reveal white underneath and making vocalizations.
  • These birds are on the unofficial “Little Five” list, a collection of small animals that tourists may wish to spot while on safari. The other four are elephant shrews, leopard tortoises, antlions, and rhinoceros beetles. They are counterparts of the Big Five: elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, and cape buffalo.


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