Buffalo weaver


Locally, they are a common bird found in East Africa.
Buffalo weavers nest in open, loose colonies. The nest is built high in a tree in a fork of branches.
It is a large, rather untidy structure of twigs and coarse grasses.

Social weavers (Philetairus socius) build huge nests, the most complex of all avian structures.
The birds are sparrow-like in size and appearance.
The individual birds join forces and weave a grass roof in the branches of a tree.
They then weave vertical tunnels upward that widen into chambers just under the roof.

Wherever you go in the parks and reserves with dry bush or savanna, there will be trees festooned with the nests.
There are many species of weavers in Africa, some common and others are rarer.
Among these, the best nest-builders are those which build flask-shaped nests.
The males have black and yellow plumage while the females may share their mates colors or have dull yellow plumage.
Some species in this genus (Ploceus) are difficult to distinguish.

Buffalo weavers are the least accomplished nest makers of the African species.
As weavers go, they are large, up to nine inches (23 cm) long. Usually in small groups, they reside in arid areas.
Their nests are thorn structures with side entrances facing different directions.
Dinemelli's Buffalo Weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli) is common in dry bush and easily recognized from its black, white and red coloration.
The Common Buffalo Weaver (Bubalornis albirodstris) male is black.