Weavers (Ploceidae)

Red-billed Buffalo-weaver (Bubalornis niger) - HBW 15, p. 133

French: Alecto à bec rouge German: Büffelweber Spanish: Bufalero Piquirrojo
Other common names: Southern Red-billed Buffalo-weaver (niger); Northern Red-billed ­Buffalo-weaver, Kenya Buffalo-weaver (intermedius)

Taxonomy: Bubalornis niger A. Smith, 1836, Kurrichane, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with B. albirostris, and previously the two were normally considered conspecific. Proposed race militaris (described from Luangwa Valley of N Zambia) is more appropriately lumped within nominate. In the past, race intermedius was on occasion erroneously placed within B. albirostris. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • niger A. Smith, 1836 - W & SW Angola (including isolated population on Luanda-Bego coastal plain), SW & E Zambia, N half of Namibia, Botswana, SW Zimbabwe and SW Mozambique S to N provinces of South Africa and N Swaziland.
  • intermedius ( Cabanis, 1868) - S Ethiopia, extreme SE Sudan, NE Uganda (Karamoja), W & S Somalia and Kenya S to C Tanzania.