Large and distinctive weaver. Note the pale bill, bold head pattern, rufous back, and white wingbars. Found locally in miombo broadleaf woodland. Quiet and inconspicuous bird that feeds on the ground but often perches up in trees. The most common vocalization is a loose, metallic trill. Somewhat like White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, but easily separated by pale bill, striped head pattern, and rufous back.