French: Euplecte vorabé German: Tahaweber Spanish: Obispo coronigualdo
J. F. Gmelin
Africa = Senegal
Subspecies and Distribution
E. a. afer
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – S Mauritania, Gambia, coastal regions of Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone, NE Ivory Coast, riverine areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, SW Niger, N & C Nigeria, N, C & W Cameroon, N Central African Republic, W Sudan and Nile Valley, S to Congo along rivers, N DRCongo, and W Angola (Luanda region); sporadic records from Liberia, Chad and Gabon.
E. a. strictus
Hartlaub, 1857 – highland plateau of C Ethiopia.
E. a. taha
A. Smith, 1836 – South Sudan, W Kenya, C Tanzania, SE DRCongo, S Angola, N & SW Zambia, N Namibia, N & E Botswana, W Zimbabwe, E South Africa and Lesotho lowlands; occasional records from Uganda, Swaziland and Mozambique.
10 cm; 11–20 g. Small bishop with very short tail. Male nominate race breeding has forehead, crown and nape golden-yellow, hindneck feathers narrowly fringed black at... read more
Song, given from perch or during approach flight in courtship, some gargling introductory notes... read more
Open grassy valleys, generally at low altitudes, but in Ethiopia to 1800 m; breeds in very wet... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily grass seeds; captives readily take animal food, including mealworms, caterpillars, termites (Isoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera)... read more
Season mainly Jul–Oct from W Africa E to W Sudan and in NE DRCongo, Oct in Ethiopia, Jan–Apr in S DRCongo and Angola; records... read more
In S Africa may be nomadic, flocks arriving to breed following local heavy rains, and perhaps not... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally abundant in many regions. Outside natural range, has established populations, primarily through escaped cagebirds, in USA and also in West... read more
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