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