Buffalo Weaver

(Dinemellia dinemelli)

Bird | Africa

Buffalo weaver

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to two white-headed buffalo weavers. They reside in the aviary, which can be found inside the Animals of the Savanna building.

Status in the Wild

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least Concern. Potential threats for this species are habitat loss and fragmentation.


The range of buffalo weavers extends throughout eastern Africa, from Tanzania to Somalia. They prefer savanna and shrubland habitat, using grass and thorny branches to weave elaborate nests in trees.


Buffalo weavers are omnivorous, foraging for fruits, seeds and invertebrates such as beetles and butterflies.

Did you know?

Flocks and family groups can sometimes include starlings.

Other bird species, such as the African pygmy falcon, often prefer to use weaver nests instead of building their own.

Weavers typically live in small flocks and build multiple nests, and it is common to see a large number of nests in a single tree.

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