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Thick-billed weaver

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Thick-billed weavers (Amblyospiza albifrons) head to marshes, dams and rivers in the breeding season, to take advantage of the grass, reeds and papyrus available to assist in nest construction. In the non-breeding season, they can be observed evergreen forests.

Distribution: Some Kavango River regions, Bwabwata National Park, Linyanti Marshes and the Zambezi River.

Diet: Can open fruit with its strong beak. Also eats seeds and termites.

Description: Quite a large weaver with a hug, deep bill. Albifrons refers to the 'white forehead'. The Greek word Amblyospiza is a combination of 2 words; amblus means 'blunt' and spiza 'finch', referring to the heavy bill.

Breeding: Males build a compact and woven globe-shaped nest made with thin strips of reed. Females lay 2 to 4 eggs within 2 hrs of sunrise, incubated for up to 16 days.

Size: 18cm. Weight: Up to 60g.

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