First PHOWN record for Black-billed Weaver2012-06-21 (230)
The Black-billed Weaver is a very localised weaver found in montane forest in West and East Africa. The plumage is largely black with varying amounts of yellow (depending on subspecies and sex) on the head - in all plumages there is a thin black eye-stripe similar to that in the Spectacled and Black-necked Weavers. The Black-billed Weaver is a monogamous, solitary nester. The nest is built of tough dry grass stems, and ususally has no entrance tunnel.
Jason Anderson submitted the first PHOWN record of a Black-billed Weaver in Rwanda. The record is from December while previous breeding records in Rwanda were in November. The nest Jason photographed has a short entrance tunnel - there is only one case of a tunnel published previously.
Photo (J. Anderson): the first PHOWN record of a Black-billed Weaver, VM 2474.
First PHOWN records from Eritrea