Kenya Birds

White-billed Buffalo-Weaver


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White-billed Buffalo-Weaver

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Bubalornis albirostris

Other Names

  English Buffalo Weaver, Common Buffalo-Weaver, Black Buffalo-Weaver   French Alecto à bec blanc, Tisserin alecto   German Alektoweber     Swedish Vitnäbbad buffelvävare   Dutch Buffelwever, Witsnavelbuffelwever   Italian Bubalorne

World: Sub-Saharan Africa between 10°N and 17°N with an isolated population in the region of NW Kenya, NE Uganda and SW Sudan.

Kenya: Occurs in dry brush in the NW.

A noisy, gregarious bird which is often seen feeding on the ground alongside starlings. It builds large, untidy nests using thorny twigs. It is similar in appearance and habits to the Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver but can be distinguished by bill colour. In breeding males (as above) the bill is whitish and swollen at the base, and has a rough appearance, the tip is black. Non-breeding males and females have a largely black bill. These birds are commonly seen at Lake Baringo which is towards the most southerly tip of their range.

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