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Size matters A Rufous-tailed weaver is collecting twigs to build a nest, but not just any twig. It must pass quality control. Photographed in Serengeti NP, Tanzania. Africa,Histurgops ruficaudus,Rufous-tailed Weaver,Serengeti Central,Serengeti National Park,Serengeti area,Tanzania Click/tap to enlarge

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A Rufous-tailed weaver is collecting twigs to build a nest, but not just any twig. It must pass quality control. Photographed in Serengeti NP, Tanzania.

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The Rufous-tailed Weaver is a species of songbird found in East Africa. Despite its name, it is placed in the sparrow family .

It is a quite unusual sparrow species, and was included in the weaver family by many authors even after the other Old World sparrows were separated from the weavers proper, hence its common name. Due to its distant position among the Old World sparrows, it is placed in the monotypic genus ''Histurgops''.

It is an endemic breeder in Tanzania, but vagrants.. more

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Dec 19, 2013. Captured Sep 2, 2013 10:56.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/500s
  • ISO400
  • 400mm