Southern African Birds

 

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  Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver

      (Redbilled Buffalo Weaver)

 

Bubalornis niger

(798) 23 cm; ca78g

M > F

M  Red bill and black plumage with lightly white-flecked shoulder patches and primary edges very distinctive. White wing patches conspicuous in flight.

F  Duller than M, more brownish black, especially on underparts, which have white mottling.

JUV  Resembles F but underparts white, streaked dark brown.

STATUS  Locally common resident, generally sedent­ary in north and west but a summer visitor to S African lowveld. Gregarious; usually in small flocks.

HABITAT  Woodland, especially in Acacia savanna with scattered Baobab trees.

FOOD  Insects, seeds and fruit.

CALL  M gives loud lookatit-lookatit-lookatit or widdla-widdla-wid­dla-widdla; F gives musical chwee.

BR  Colonial br with both polygamous and co-operative br systems. Nest a bulky multi-chambered structure of thorny twigs that may be occupied by different females.

 

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Bwr001

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bwr002

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bwr003

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Bwr004

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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