white head and underparts; black back, wings, and tail (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

White-headed Buffalo Weaver
Dinemellia dinemelli

Native Range: Africa

Notes: gets its name from its habit of following African Buffalos in central Africa, feeding on disturbed insects; sexes are similar; communal nests are built together of grassy materials pressed (not woven) together in an oval shape, containing several rooms each with a short entrance tube opening downward; thorns usually adorn the outside of the nest, for protection.

heavy conical bill; black patch around eye (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

orange vent area and undertail coverts (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

black iris (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

singing (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

holding nest material (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

posing for a portrait (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

posing for a portrait (Zoo; 2011-12-21)

posing for a portrait (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

posing for a head portrait (Zoo; 2012-10-09)