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Bubalornis albirostris
Photo by tf1044x
male bird in breeding colour. Photo taken: The Gambia.

Identification

23 to 24 cm. Mainly black, white flecking on the back and wings, very thick conical bill surmounted by a white frontal head shield. The bill is white in breeding males. The adult female and non-breeding male are similar, but the bill is black. Young birds are dark brown.

Distribution

Sub-saharan Africa between 10 dg. N and 17 dg. N

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species. Red-billed Buffalo Weaver has recently been split from this species.

Habitat

Open country, especially cultivation and scrub.

Behaviour

The diet includes grain and insects.

It is a communal breeder, building large untidy stick nests using thorny twigs, in tree colonies, each of which may have several spherical woven nests within. 2-4 eggs are laid.

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