Buffalo Weavers and Baobabs2013-05-10 (364)
Buffalo Weavers are so named because when Andrew Smith first saw Red-billed Buffalo Weavers, they were associating with buffalo. They do not normally do so, however, and could more aptly be called Baobab Weavers. Both Red-billed and White-billed Buffalo Weavers often breed in baobab trees. The weavers are not dependant on baobabs as they can also breed in other large trees and also man-made structures. Nevertheless, there is a large overlap in distribution of these 2 weaver species and the baobab, and the weavers do seem to prefer these trees for nesting where they can.
There is one baobab species in Africa, Adansonia digitata, six in Madagascar and one in Australia, all in the genus Adansonia. Other weavers that often breed in baobabs are: