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Photo © by Mybs
South Africa, August 2004
Euplectes capensis

Identification

Female
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.

Distribution

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)

Taxonomy

Subspecies

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

Habitat

Montane damp grassland.

Behaviour

Diet

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

References

  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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