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Photo © by Mybs
South Africa, August 2004
Euplectes capensis


Photo © by steven(sa)
South Africa.

15 cm (6 in)
Breeding Male

  • Black plumage
  • Yellow lower back, rump, and shoulder patches
  • Brown edging to the wing feathers
  • Short crest
  • Thick conical black bill
  • Short tail

Non-breeding plumage

  • Black areas become heavily streaked brown
  • Pale bill
  • Yellow shoulders and rump

The female is similar to the non-breeding male but lacks the contrasting colour patches.


Non-breeding Male
Photo © by Peter Day
Ceres, South Africa, January 2019

Eastern and Southern Africa
Western Africa: Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands: Bioko (Fernando Po)



Euplectes capensis has six subspecies:[1]

  • E. c. phoenicomerus
  • E. c. crassirostris
  • E. c. xanthomelas
  • E. c. angolensis
  • Northern and central highlands of Angola
  • E. c. approximans
  • E. c. capensis


Montane damp grassland.



The diet consists mostly of grass seeds, including rice, maize and millet. Supplemented with insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2014)
  4. Wikipedia

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