French: Alecto à bec rouge German: Büffelweber Spanish: Bufalero piquirrojo
Kurrichane, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
B. n. intermedius
(Cabanis, 1868) – C Ethiopia, extreme SE South Sudan, NE Uganda (Karamoja)#R#R, W & S Somalia and Kenya S to C Tanzania.
B. n. niger
A. Smith, 1836 – W & SW Angola (including isolated population on Luanda-Bengo coastal plain; recorded once in Malanje#R), SW & E Zambia, N half of Namibia, Botswana, W & S Zimbabwe and SW Mozambique S to N provinces of South Africa and N Swaziland.
22 cm; male 65–98 g, female 59–90 g. Large blackish buffalo-weaver with brownish or red bill; distinctive unperforated feathered rod anterior to cloaca projecting... read more
Male song an extended series of chattering or squealing phrases, "cheek cha cheekla-cheekla-chu", "... read more
Dry thornveld, including mopane (Colophospermum mopane) and mixed acacia-baobab (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists largely of insects, including c. 50% beetles (Coleoptera, particularly of weevil family Curculionidae), also grasshoppers (... read more
Season mainly Mar–Jun in E Africa, Sept–Apr in S Africa; scattered records in other months; may be double-brooded. Mating... read more
Mainly resident at breeding colonies. In Kenya and South Africa, some evidence for dispersal from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common and widely distributed, with large numbers occurring in areas thinly populated by humans, including major reserves. Estimated... read more
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