Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

White-billed Buffalo-weaver (Bubalornis albirostris)


French: Alecto à bec blanc German: Alektoweber Spanish: Bufalero piquiblanco

Coccothraustes albirostris


, 1817,



Formerly considered conspecific with B. niger. In past, race intermedius of latter was on occasion erroneously placed within present species. Monotypic.


S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, NE Guinea-Bissau and Guinea E in a narrow band S of desert to C Chad and on to S Sudan, SW Eritrea and W Ethiopia, S to NE Uganda and NW Kenya; recently confirmed, breeding evidence lacking, in NW Tanzania#R.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; male c. 70 g. Large blackish buffalo-weaver with dark or whitish bill; distinctive unperforated feathered rod ­anterior to cloaca projecting from abdomen ("... read more


Male song starts with a rattling "tschutchutchutchu", followed by a strident "skwee-... read more


Dry savanna and open farmland, provided that large trees present. In Kenya, mainly below 1200 m.

Food and feeding

Seeds, including crops such as millet; also fruit of Boscia senegalensis; also grasshoppers (Orthoptera), termites (Isoptera),... read more


Season Jul–Sept throughout range; also Oct–Nov in some W African countries, and Feb–Mar in Ethiopia and Eritrea; nest-... read more


Appears to be resident at colonies.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very wide distribution, and common in many parts of its range. Possible range extension in N Tanzania, where several birds... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2018). White-billed Buffalo-weaver (Bubalornis albirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 March 2018).