French: Amblyospize à front blanc German: Weißstirnweber Spanish: Tejedor picogordo
Other common names:
Algoa Bay, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. capitalba
(Bonaparte, 1850) – Western Thick-billed Weaver – S Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, C & S Ivory Coast, S Ghana E to S Nigeria, W & S Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, S Central African Republic, NW DRCongo, and SW Congo S to NW Angola.
A. a. melanota
(Heuglin, 1863) – South Sudan, SW Ethiopia, E DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
A. a. montana
van Someren, 1921 – interior of Kenya and Tanzania, SE DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi, N Botswana (Okavango Basin) and NW Zimbabwe.
A. a. unicolor
(G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1878) – S Somalia, coastal Kenya and Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba I.
A. a. albifrons
(Vigors, 1831) – Eastern Thick-billed Weaver – E Zimbabwe, C & S Mozambique, Swaziland and E South Africa.
18 cm; male 35–57 g, female 34–53 g. Large, dark-plumaged weaver with very heavy bill. Male nominate race has forehead white (considerable individual variation in... read more
Song a combination of trills and clicking notes, including such elements as "jee teee click-... read more
Generally near water and well-wooded areas. Breeds in wetlands; in non-breeding season forages on... read more
Food and feeding
Diet seeds, soft fruit, insects and occasionally other animal food. Seeds include those of Acacia robusta, Albizia... read more
Breeds May–Nov in Cameroon, Jul–Oct in Central African Republic, Nov in Sudan, and May–Jun and Aug–Sept in Ethiopia... read more
Resident. Short local movements in relation to foraging; only one ringed individual moved more than... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant in many parts of range. Estimated population in Swaziland 3000 individuals; 1000 in Kruger National Park, in South Africa, and 7000 in... read more
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