French: Euplecte de Gierow German: Bischofsweber Spanish: Obispo negro
Subspecies and Distribution
E. g. ansorgei
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1899) – W, E & S Cameroon, S Central African Republic, N Congo, N & NE DRCongo, S & E South Sudan, W & SW Ethiopia, Uganda and W Kenya.
E. g. gierowii
Cabanis, 1880 – SW DRCongo and NW Angola.
E. g. friederichseni
G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884 – S Kenya and NC Tanzania.
15 cm; male 23–36 g, female 22–30 g. Short-tailed bishop. Male nominate race breeding has forehead, neck and back orange, rump and uppertail-coverts black; tail... read more
Song, in flight and from perch, a long buzzy note followed by series of shorter notes, "zeeee-za-za... read more
Tall grassland, in swampy or drier bushy areas, also scrub and sugar cane. In Kenya at 700–... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes seeds and insects. Stomach contents consisted of grass seeds, winged ants (Formicidae) and alate termites (Isoptera). Forages... read more
Season May–Aug in NE DRCongo, Apr–Oct and Dec in Uganda, May in Kenya, and Apr–Jun and Dec in Tanzania. Polygynous, male... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Relatively poorly known species, with scattered populations. In most parts of range said to be uncommon to rare.
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