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Photo by volker sthamerLocation: Senkele - Ethiopia ,  Africa, July, 2009
Photo by volker sthamer
Location: Senkele - Ethiopia , Africa, July, 2009
Euplectes ardens


[edit] Identification

Length 12 cm; breeding male 25 cm.

Breeding adult male: Black with long tail (thinner tail than other long-tailed widowbirds); lacks coloured shoulder patches. West African birds are all-black, south-eastern birds have a red throat collar, and in north-eastern birds the red collar extends to the nape and crown.

Female and non-breeding male: Brown with a boldly striped black and buff head and unstreaked, buffy underparts.

[edit] Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa

Photo by Alan Manson Location: Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, December 2009
Photo by Alan Manson
Location: Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, December 2009

[edit] Taxonomy

Euplectes ardens has three subspecies:[1]

  • E. a. laticauda
  • E. a. suahelica
  • E. a. ardens

[edit] Habitat

Subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from

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