French: Alecto à tête blanche German: Starweber Spanish: Bufalero cabeciblanco
Races intergrade in S Kenya and NE Tanzania. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
D. d. dinemelli
(Rüppell, 1845) – E South Sudan, SW, S & E Ethiopia, Somalia (except NE), NE Uganda, Kenya (except SE) and NE Tanzania.
D. d. boehmi
(Reichenow, 1885) – SE Kenya S to SC Tanzania.
18 cm; 57–85 g. Large, mainly white buffalo-weaver. Nominate has white forehead, crown and nape, bare black skin around eye and between eye and base of bill; mantle and... read more
Song slow, drawn out, with piercing nasal calls and trills, phrases such as "tsu-weely-weely-... read more
Dry bush and savanna thornveld, mainly below 1400 m; rarely grassland or riverine vegetation.
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on insects, also seeds and fruit; beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera) found in stomach contents. Forages... read more
Season probably dependent on local rainfall: Aug–Sept and Dec in Sudan, Apr–Aug in Ethiopia, Feb–Jun and Sept in Somalia... read more
Apparently resident. Variations in numbers in Tsavo National Park, in S Kenya, suggest some local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in most of range. Occurs primarily in arid regions with sparse human population, and present in protected areas throughout its... read more
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