French: Euplecte des marais German: Hartlaubweber Spanish: Obispo marismeño
Other common names:
Hartlaub's Marsh Widowbird,
Subspecies and Distribution
E. h. humeralis
(Sharpe, 1901) – Short-tailed Marsh Widowbird – extreme E Nigeria, C & S Cameroon, E Gabon, Congo, SW DRCongo (around R Congo), W & S Uganda and W Kenya.
E. h. hartlaubi
(Bocage, 1878) – Long-tailed Marsh Widowbird – C & NE Angola, SE DRCongo, N Zambia and extreme W Tanzania (Ufipa region).
18 cm, breeding male 36 cm. Large widowbird, breeding male with very long tail. Male nominate race breeding is almost wholly black, with long black tail (mean length 17·7 cm... read more
Song opens with short, rising notes such as "grrreeng", followed by high-pitched buzz or trill, "... read more
Swampy grasslands and nearby cultivated areas; may venture out over deeper water in reeds, perching... read more
Food and feeding
Diet grass seeds, insects and small fruit; grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and berries found in stomach contents. Forages usually in small groups... read more
Breeds in May in Uganda, Dec–Feb in Angola, Jan–Mar in S DRCongo and Dec–Feb in Zambia. Polygynous. Male defended... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Poorly known; local and uncommon to scarce. Habitat and populations fragmented.
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