(syn. Euplectes Ϯ Red-collared Widowbird E. ardens) Gr. myth. Niobe, daughter of Tantalus and wife to Amphion, whose pride and arrogance brought about the simultaneous destruction of all but one of her fourteen children and her own metamorphosis into a stone (the reference here is to black plumage, as if in mourning); "LI.  Niobe RCHB.  ...  219-20. N. ardens (Vidua - BODDAERT, GRAY) RCHB.  Die Wittwe Niobe" (Reichenbach 1862).

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2019).