male in near-breeding condition; red head, bill (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Red-headed Weaver
Anaplectes melanotis

Native Range: Africa

Notes: male in breeding condition is unmistakable with a bright red bill as well as a bright red head and upper breast; the female is similar but has yellow wherever the male shows red; the nest is like a hanging ball built of sticks and with a long tube extending downward through which a bird enters from below.

side view of male in near-breeding plumage (South Africa; 2007-06-30)