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Dinemellia dinemelli (White-headed Buffalo Weaver)

Wikipedia Abstract

The white-headed buffalo weaver or white-faced buffalo-weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli) is a species of passerine bird in the family Ploceidae native to East Africa. The buffalo part of its name derives from its habit of following the African buffalo, feeding on disturbed insects. Two subspecies are recognized.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 6.14072
EDGE Score: 1.96581


Adult Weight [1]  69 grams
Birth Weight [1]  4.5 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Granivore
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  30 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  70 %
Clutch Size [3]  3


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Ethiopian xeric grasslands and shrublands Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Hobyo grasslands and shrublands Somalia Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Northern Acacia-Commiphora bushlands and thickets Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Northern Zanzibar-Inhambane coastal forest mosaic Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Serengeti volcanic grasslands Tanzania Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Somali Acacia-Commiphora bushlands and thickets Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Southern Acacia-Commiphora bushlands and thickets Tanzania, Kenya Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Amboseli National Park National Reserve II 99624 Kenya
Kora National Park II 409762 Kenya
Lake Manyara National Park II 78767 Tanzania  
Losiminguri Forest Reserve 14815 Tanzania  
Malindi-Watamu Biosphere Reserve 48433 Kenya  
Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve 1729738 Kenya  
Serengeti-Ngorongoro Biosphere Reserve 5696026 Tanzania  
Tsavo East National Park II 3232255 Kenya

Important Bird Areas

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Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Aangole: Farbiito Somalia A1, A2, A3
Abijatta: Shalla Lakes National Park Ethiopia A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Amboseli National Park Kenya A3
Arbowerow Somalia A3, A4iii
Arero forest Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Awash National Park Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Babille Elephant Sanctuary Ethiopia A3
Balcad Nature Reserve Somalia A2, A3
Bandingilo Sudan A3
Boorama plains Somalia A1, A2, A3
Ceel Hammure Somalia A1, A3
Dawa: Wachile Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Dida Galgalu desert Kenya A1, A2, A3
Far Waamo Somalia A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii
Gacan Libaax Somalia A1, A2, A3
Genale river Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Hobyo Somalia A1, A2, A3
Imatong mountains Sudan A1, A3
Jasiira lagoon and Muqdisho islets Somalia A1, A2, A3, A4i
Jowhar: Warshiikh Somalia A1, A2, A3
Juba Sudan A3
Kidepo Sudan A3
Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda A1, A2, A3
Konso: Segen Ethiopia A1, A3
Laag Badaana Somalia A1, A3
Lake Baringo Kenya A3
Lake Bogoria National Reserve Kenya A1, A4i, A4iii
Lake Chew Bahir Ethiopia A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Lake Eyasi Tanzania A1, A4i, A4iii
Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii
Lake Turkana Kenya A4i, A4iii
Liben plains and Negele woodlands Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Longido Game Controlled Area Tanzania A1, A3, A4i
Lower Wabi Shebelle river and Warder Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Mago National Park Ethiopia A3
Mankubsa: Welenso forest Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Masai Mara Kenya A1, A2
Maswa Game Reserve Tanzania A1, A2
Meru National Park Kenya A1, A2, A3
Mkomazi Game Reserve Tanzania A1, A3
Mount Moroto Forest Reserve Uganda A1, A2, A3
Nechisar National Park Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4ii, A4iii
Nyumba ya Mungu reservoir Tanzania A1, A3, A4i
Omo National Park Ethiopia A3
Ruaha National Park Tanzania A3, A4i
Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves Kenya A3
Saylac Somalia A3
Serengeti National Park Tanzania A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii
Shaba National Reserve Kenya A1, A2, A3
Sudd (Bahr-el-Jebel system) Sudan A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Tana River Delta Kenya A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Tana River Forests Kenya A1, A2, A3
Tarangire National Park Tanzania A1, A2, A3, A4i
Tsavo East National Park Kenya A1, A3
Tsavo West National Park Kenya A1, A3
Usangu flats Tanzania A1, A3, A4i
War Harqaan: isha Dolondole Somalia A3
Wembere steppe Tanzania A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii
Xarardheere: Awale Rugno Somalia A1, A2, A3
Xawaadley reservoir Somalia A3, A4i, A4iii
Yabello Sanctuary Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Yangudi-Rassa National Park Ethiopia A1, A3

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania No
Horn of Africa Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Oman, Somalia, Yemen No

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Attica Zoological Park S.A.
Birmingham Zoo
Cologne Zoo
Dallas Zoo
Dierenpark Wissel
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Honolulu Zoo
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Jurong Birdpark, Singapore
Kansas City Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
Parc des Oiseaux
Rotterdam Zoo
Saint Louis Zoological Park
Saitama Children's Zoo
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
San Diego Wild Animal Parkdinemelli
San Diego Zoo
Szeged Zoo
Tautphaus Park Zoo
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Tiergarten der Stadt Wels
Ueno Zoological Gardens
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Zürich
Zoological Garden Prague
Zoologická a botanická zahrada Plzen
Zoologischer Garten Leipzig

Range Map

Tsavo National Park;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
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