White-headed Buffalo-Weaver

White-headed Buffalo-weaver, © Michael Plagens

Large, heavy black bill offset by snow-white head and chest. Rust orange on rump and coverts. Semiarid regions.

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White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, © Michael Plagens

Rich coffee brown back and tail. White stripe above the eye. Common seed eater often foraging on ground.

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Red-headed Weaver ♀

Red-headed Weaver © Michael Plagens

The females lack the red head, but the red bill on an otherwise gray bird is distinctive. Narrow reddish patch on wing.

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Baglafecht Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver, © Michael Plagens

Largely yellow with heavy conical bill. Black mask thru pale eye. Very common seed eater.

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Speke's Weaver

Speke's Weaver © Michael Plagens

Black face around pale eye and large, dark bill. Highland areas and common in gardens.

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Spectacled Weaver

Spectacled Weaver © Michael Plagens

Chest and belly are golden yellow. There's a strong dark bill, pale eyes and a black eye mask. Moist habitats.

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Holub's Golden Weaver ♂

Holub's/African Golden Weaver, Ploceus xanthops, © Michael Plagens

Male is bright golden yellow occasionally with some darker yellow on the face. The eyes are pale color.

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Eastern Golden Weaver

African Golden Weaver © Michael Plagens

Largely golden-yellow with thick, black bill and burnt orange on face. Weaves nests near water.

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Village Weaver ♂

Villiage Weaver, Ploceus cucullatus, © Michael Plagens

Male in breeding plumage is bright yellow with black face and throat. Gregarious nests of intricate stems and grass.

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Masked Weaver ♂

Masked Weaver, Ploceus velatus, © Michael Plagens

Red eye in a black face marks the male of this weaver. Often in company with other weaver species.

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Grosbeak-Weaver ♂

Grosbeak-Weaver, Amblyospiza albifrons, © Michael Plagens

Not so great photo but white forehead, white patch in wing and strong, conical bill are visible. Also called "Thick-billed Weaver".

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Gray-capped Social Weaver

Jackson's Widowbird © Michael Plagens

Light gray smokey cap distinguishes these small gregarious sparrow-weavers.

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Vieillot's Black Weaver

Vieillot's Black Weaver photo © Michael Plagens

Bright yellow eye contrasts with the glossy black plumage. Conical beak.

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Southern Red Bishop

Red Bishop, Euplectes orix, © Michael Plagens

Weaver birds with chest, throat, head and nape are bright red-orange. Heavy conical bill. Two similar species

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Fan-tailed Widowbird ♂

Fan-tailed Widowbird photo © Michael Plagens

Breeding male. Black with orange-red shoulder patch and wide tail. Marshy areas.

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Red-collared Widowbird ♂

Red-collared Widowbird © Michael Plagens

The breeding male is unique: huge tail, jet black plumage, and accented with the red collar and cap. Conical bill.

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Jackson's Widowbird ♂

Jackson's Widowbird © Michael Plagens

Males in breeding plumage have a very long, curved tail. Whitish conical beak. Highland marshes and grasslands.

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Yellow Bishop ♂

Yellow Bishop, Euplectes capensis, © Michael Plagens

The female is brownish and well concealed. However, the males are jet black with an argent yellow wing bar. The heavy bill is for seed eating.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 12 October 2013,
updated 20 Sept. 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am a novice exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I encounter them I am teaching myself. If the reader finds an error, please let me know so that I can make corrections (use copyright link).