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Grosbeak Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Male by Leon
Pretoria, South Africa, May 2004

Alternative name: Thick-billed Weaver

Amblyospiza albifrons


18 cm (7 in); a large weaver with overall dark plumage and a heavy bill


Most of Africa south of Sahara.


Female by rudydbn
St. Lucia, Natal, South Africa, October 2004

This is the only member of its genus.


This species has ten subspecies[1]:

Photo by nkgray
Lake Panic Bird Hide, near Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa January 2008
  • A. a. montana: Interior southern Kenya and Tanzania to Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • A. a. tandae: Northern Angola and extreme western Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • A. a. kasaica: southern Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kasai)
  • A. a. maxima: South-eastern Angola, Caprivi Strip, northern Botswana, extreme north-western Zimbabwe
  • A. a. albifrons: eastern South Africa
  • A. a. woltersi: Mozambique (south of Zambezi) and adjacent eastern Zimbabwe to Zululand


Reedbeds, coastal and evergreen forests.



Their varied diet consists of seeds, soft fruit and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)

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