Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Fire-fronted Bishop (Euplectes diadematus)


French: Euplecte à diadème German: Diademweber Spanish: Obispo diademado

Euplectes diadematus

G. A. Fischer and Reichenow

, 1878,

Malindi, Kenya


This species and E. afer have sometimes been placed in a separate genus, Taha, but close relationship not supported by molecular data. Monotypic.


C, S & E Kenya, SE Somalia and NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; mean 14 g. Small bishop with rather short tail. Male breeding has large red patch on forehead with some black in centre; rest of head black, mantle mottled yellow and... read more


Song a thin sizzling "bzz-tizzzzzzzzzz tzizit-tzit". Contact call "chweep";... read more


Open grassland and cultivated areas below 1000 m; also bushy coastal dunes, rice fields and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet chiefly grass seeds such as those of Sporobolus and Echinochloa; in captivity, accepts seeds of Panicum,... read more


Breeds Aug–Sept in Somalia; May–Jun, also Dec–Jan following rain, in Kenya. Probably polygynous; territorial, nesting... read more


Described as nomadic or migratory, with movements related to rainfall. At Tsavo, in S Kenya, common... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Roosts containing more than 100 individuals in Somalia in Jul and Oct.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Fire-fronted Bishop (Euplectes diadematus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 February 2020).