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A large thickset African weaver bird that is either all black or has a white head and red rump.
- ‘Most birds don't have penises, but the male red-billed buffalo weaver has evolved a false penis to give him an edge in dealing with the famously promiscuous females of his species.’
- ‘The weavers belong to a family whose scientific name is the Plocidae and which, besides the true weavers, includes the parasitic widow birds or whydahs, the sparrows and the buffalo weavers.’
- ‘This type of bill is characteristic of the seedeaters; the buffalo weaver will, however, also eat insects and fruit.’
- ‘Commonly seen birds are African skimmers, goshawks, red and yellow bishops, palm nut vultures and the white-headed buffalo weavers.’
- ‘Watch for the huge colonies of Weavers in the acacia trees, including buffalo weavers and white-headed weavers.’
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