BUBALORNIS

(Ploceidae; Ϯ Red-billed Buffalo Weaver B. niger) Gr. βουβαλος boubalos  buffalo; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Genus BUBALORNIS.  Bill elongated, pointed, slightly compressed towards the point; culmen arched and entering between the feathers of the forehead; nostrils basal subcyclindrical and open; rictus slightly bristled; wings rounded, third fourth and fifth quills equal; tail moderate, rounded; tarsi and acrotarsia divided, the divisions of latter in part obsolete; outer and inner toes equal; claws short, slightly curved, and blunt.   Bubalornis niger.  Shining black; flanks and sides of breast slightly variegated with white; inner vanes of quills white towards their bases, and the outer vanes of several broadly edged with the same colour; bill red.  Length 8 inches.  Inhabits the country about Kurrichaine, and is generally found accompanying herds of Buffaloes." (A. Smith 1836); "Bubalornis A. Smith, 1836, Rep. Exped. Centr. Africa, p. 51. Type, by monotypy, B. niger A. Smith." (Moreau in Peters 1962, XV, 3).
Synon. Alecto, Alectornis, Dertroides, Textor.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 23 January 2019).