A small, chunky, distinctive weaver of arid habitats in northeastern Africa. Boldly marked, with a black cap, a brown back, white underparts, and black sides. Also note the whitish bill and the red eye. Found in dry thorn savanna, usually in flocks. Nests in colonies. Sometimes found alongside Gray-headed Social-Weaver. Makes metallic squeaking calls, often given by a whole group in chorus.
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