French: Euplecte à diadème German: Diademweber Spanish: Obispo diademado
G. A. Fischer and Reichenow
C, S & E Kenya, SE Somalia and NE Tanzania.
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.
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