Saturday, August 2, 2014

Speckle-Fronted Weaver

I have been trying to identify this bird and I have tentatively decided it is a speckle-fronted weaver, although I have no confidence I have identified it correctly. We found it in Buffalo Springs National Reserve in northern Kenya in a tree full of weaver nests. 
Weaver nests in Buffalo Springs NR.
In particular, I've focused on the mustache and it appears the other relatively close matches would be the sociable weaver and scaly-fronted weaver. 
Photo by Mark Edwards
The speckle-fronted weaver is found from Senegal, in West Africa, east to Ethiopia and south to northern Tanzania. It has tiny white dots on a black crown, a white face and a black mustache.
Speckle-fronted weaver?
Speckle-fronted weaver?

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to believe this comes from the same family as the brilliantly-colored golden palm weaver.