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Nominate subspecies
Photo by Gashead
Kruger National Park, South Africa, May 2005
Bubalornis niger


Photo by volker sthamer
Burunge, Tanzania, September 2017

22 cm (8¾ in)

  • Black with whitish patches on wings
  • Red or sometimes orange bill

Female and juvenile: brown above and spotted or streaked below.

Similar species

Very similar in habit and appearance to the White-billed Buffalo-Weaver.


Photo by Gerald Friesen
Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana, August 2009

Western Africa: found in Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland

These birds are known to be somewhat nomadic but are generally described as common.



Bubalornis niger has two subspecies:1

  • B. n. niger
  • B. n. intermedius


Nest complex
Photo by njlarsen.
Tshukudu Game Lodge, South Africa, August 2011

Dry thornveld with mopane and mixed acacia-baobab.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects such as weevils and grasshoppers.


They construct huge nests made from thorny sticks in baobabs and other large trees, as well as on power pylons; these are used as communal roosts. They may have a second brood each year.

Other species, such as Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, also utilise them for overnight roosting.


  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. Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)

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