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Parasitic Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Cuckoo Weaver; Cuckoo Finch

Anomalospiza imberbis


Dark, stout bill is distinctive. A small, weaver-like bird with a dark, short, stubby bill and short tail. Sexually dimorphic.


Sub-Saharan Africa


Recent morphological and molecular evidence indicates placement in the Viduidae.

There are two subspecies:

  • A. i. imberbis from Ethiopia to South Africa; and
  • A. i. butleri from West Africa to Sudan and Zaire.
Photo by Alan Manson
Near Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Grasslands, wetlands and croplands.


Resident in much of its range, but a breeding migrant in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Uncommon nomad, following rains. Eats seeds and insects. A brood parasite; hosts are Prinia and Cisticola species.


Fry H, Keith S,Woodcook M & Willis I. 2004. Birds of Africa: Sparrows to Buntings Vol VII. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0713665319

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