This large, plump, short-tailed weaver is distinctive with its broad, white eyebrow stripe and conspicuous white rump. Birds in the north show faint speckling across the breast.
Male has a black bill. Female has a horn-coloured bill. Juvenile resembles adult but has a pinkish brown bill.
Thornveld and dry, scrubby river courses. Makes an untidy nest of dry grass in the outside branches of a tree.
A harsh 'chik-chik'; a loud, liquid 'cheeoop-preeoo-chop' whistle.