Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Golden-backed Bishop (Euplectes aureus)


French: Euplecte doré German: Goldrückenweber Spanish: Obispo dorado

Loxia aurea

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Benguela, Angola


Sometimes placed with E. gierowii and E. hordeaceus in a separate genus, Groteiplectes. Monotypic.


São Tomé I and coastal Angola (from Luanda and Bengo S to Benguela, and recorded in extreme NE Zaire#R); perhaps introduced in one of the two areas.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 25 g. Small, short-tailed bishop. Male breeding has head black, upperparts golden-orange, posteriorly some feathers tipped black, uppertail-coverts grey-brown;... read more


Song a repetitive series of loud, metallic notes, speeding up towards end of phrase, "bzic bzic-... read more


Tall razor-grass, rank vegetation in open acacia (Acacia) savanna and floodplains;... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Diet seeds and insects; small grass seeds selected by captive individuals. Generally encountered in small flocks; often... read more


Breeds Dec–Apr on São Tomé. Polygynous. Not colonial, but nests tend to be clumped in groups of up to ten. Male defends... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Western Angola EBA. Current status not well known, and limited range may render it vulnerable to habitat changes... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Golden-backed Bishop (Euplectes aureus). 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 24 February 2020).