Pyrrhula albifrons Vigors, 1831, Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Grosbeak weaver; French: Grosbec а front blanc; German: WeiЯstirnweber; Spanish: Tejedor de Pico Grueso.
6.7–7.5 in (17–19 cm); female 1.1–1.6 oz (31–45 g), male 1.5–2.1 oz (43–60 g). Breeding male chocolate brown with white forehead, white patch in wing conspicuous in flight. Heavy black bill. White on forehead variable, absent in non-breeding plumage. Female has brown upperparts, underparts white heavily streaked with brown. Heavy yellowish bill. Juvenile like female, more rufous above and buffy below. Bill dull brown.
Sierra Leone east to southern Sudan, western Ethiopia, south to northern Namibia, northern Botswana, eastern Zimbabwe, and eastern South Africa.
Reedbeds, cultivated areas, plantation, and forest. Resident Amblyospiza albifrons into summer. Incubation 11–13 days, fledging 17 days. Both sexes incubate and feed young, but female contributes more.
Not threatened; extensive range, and well-represented in conservation areas.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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