French: Euplecte de Jackson German: Leierschwanzweber Spanish: Obispo de Jackson
Highlands of W & C Kenya S to N Tanzania.
14 cm, breeding male (including tail) 30 cm; male 40–49 g, female 29–42 g. Male breeding is almost entirely black, feathers of crown and nape with squared ends (... read more
Song from perch a series of sibilant notes; during jumping display, a wheezing, sizzling song.... read more
Open highland grassland at 1500–3000 m.
Food and feeding
Diet mainly grass seeds, particularly those of Themeda triandra, also Panicum; also insects, including alate termites (... read more
Breeds Dec–Jan and Apr–Jun, and recorded also in Aug–Sept and Nov in Kenya; timing in any year dependent on rains.... read more
Resident. One male recaptured 5 years after ringing, on new display ground 12 km from original site.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Kenyan Mountains EBA. Locally common within small range. This species'... read more
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