The rufous-tailed weaver was originally found only in Tanzania but it now found regularly in Kenya. We encountered it when we took a bathroom break at a small airstrip in Serengeti National Park. There were some trees in the parking lot just filled with their nests.
|Grass nests of the rufous-tailed weaver in Serengeti NP.|
It was originally classified as a weaver, but is now placed in the sparrow family, but retains its name. It has brown upper parts with pale edging, giving it a distinctive mottled look.
The underparts have the same mottled effect, but are paler.
It has chestnut or rufous colored tail, which gives it its name, pale blue eyes and an orange bill.