red headed weaver

We typically associate weavers with various tones of yellow and black but the unique Red-headed Weaver certainly breaks that mold, with its bright red head and bill – unsurprisingly, since it is in a genus of its own! Not that it is the only weaver to do so - within the more well-known group (the Ploceus genus), there are several other interesting examples that differ from the ‘norm’, such as Maxwell’s Black Weaver and Vieillot’s Black Weaver. Some weavers also have standout nest styles, the red-headed weaver again being no exception as the only weaver to make its nest from twigs rather than grass. A trip to just about anywhere within the Afrotropics might give you a chance to encounter this species, photographed here by Rich Lindie in Pilanseberg.