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Grosbeak Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Male by Leon
Pretoria, South Africa, May 2004

Alternative name: Thick-billed Weaver

Amblyospiza albifrons

Identification

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

Distribution

Most of Africa south of Sahara.

Taxonomy

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

This is the only member of its genus.

Subspecies

This species has ten subspecies[1]:

Juvenile
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

Habitat

Reedbeds, coastal and evergreen forests.

Behaviour

Diet

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

References

  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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