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Black-winged Bishop - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Andrew S
Lake Tana, Ethiopia, April 2010

Alternative name: Black-winged Red Bishop

Euplectes hordeaceus

Identification

13-15cm
Thick, black conical bill
Breeding male

  • Scarlet head, neck and upper breast
  • Black mask, belly and wings
  • Brown tail

Non-breeding male

  • Yellowish-brown, streaked above
  • White underparts
  • Yellowish supercilium

Female- similar, but paler

Non-breeding
Photo by gambirder
Brufut Woods, Gambia, April 2010

Similar Species

A much bulkier, less compact bird than the more common Northern Red Bishop.

Distribution

Widespread throught out sub-Saharan Africa (except South Africa)

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies craspedopterus is not recognised by all authorities[2].

Habitat

Open country near water, damp grassland and farms.

Behaviour

Breeding

Its nest is a sphere, placed in tall grass. The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs.

Diet

The diet includes seed, grain and insects.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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