A brilliant male Yellow-crowned Bishop fluffing its back then flying off

A brilliant male Yellow-crowned Bishop fluffing its back then flying off
Species: Yellow-crowned Bishop   Euplectes afer
Subspecies: taha
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Added to IBC: 12 Feb 2019 - 07:10
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The brilliant Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer) is small species of Widowbird that like most species in the group is highly sexually dimorphic.  Male Yellow-crowned Bishops are polygynous, building one or more woven nests attached to vegetation, or occasionally fence wires, usually near water.  The males are highly competitive, fluffing their yellow backs and flying rapidly after other males, attempting to drive them away.  The buzzing, swizzling call and the flaring yellow feathers are used to attract the sparrow-like females to a nest.  This male Yellow-crowned Bishop was perching for a few seconds on grass stems in a shallow pond before fluffing his back feathers then taking off in pursuit of a rival male or a passing female.

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Citation

Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1562005. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1562005.

Extended version
Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1562005. Video of Yellow-crowned Bishop Euplectes afer at Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1562005.

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