Thick-billed Weaver

Amblyospiza albifrons

This dark brown weaver with its large head and massive bill breeds in small colonies over marshes, rivers, dams with rank grass and reed/papyrus beds. I have watched them build their nests over a few days (usually 2 to 12), which start out as an cup suspended between two upright reeds and then progress to become a completed oval nest with a side entrance.

We first recorded this large billed weaver in January 2010 while visiting our family in Ocean View, south coast KwaZulu Natal. We also see them regularly in Melrose Bird Scantuary where a colony continues to breed year on year.


Thick-billed Weaver (female) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver / Ntsinini Private Trout Farm, Mpumalanga, South Africa / January 2018 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver / Ntsinini Private Trout Farm, Mpumalanga, South Africa / January 2018 Thick-billed Weaver / Ntsinini Private Trout Farm, Mpumalanga, South Africa / January 2018 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver (female) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver / Ntsinini Private Trout Farm, Mpumalanga, South Africa / January 2018 Thick-billed Weaver / Zingela Safari & River Company (near Weenen), KZN / 29 November 2014 Thick-billed Weaver – female / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 26 May 2012 Thick-billed Weaver (female) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver / Ocean View, South Coast KZN, South Africa / 16 August 2015 Thick-billed Weaver (Wolters) / Muirhead, Soutpansberg, South Africa / 11 June 2011 Thick-billed Weaver / Ocean View, KZN, South Africa / 24 August 2012 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver / Zingela Safari & River Company (near Weenen), KZN / 29 November 2014 Thick-billed Weaver / Ocean View, South Coast KZN, South Africa / 16 August 2015 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 (Edited from original) Thick-billed Weaver – female / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 26 May 2012 Thick-billed Weaver (male) / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 15 December 2013 Thick-billed Weaver / Zingela Safari & River Company (near Weenen), KZN / 29 November 2014
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