French: Euplecte à longue queue German: Hahnenschweifweber Spanish: Obispo colilargo
“Cape of Good Hope“, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
E. p. delacouri
Wolters, 1953 – Delacour's Widowbird – S DRCongo, S Angola and W & NE Zambia.
E. p. delamerei
(Shelley, 1903) – highlands of C Kenya.
E. p. progne
(Boddaert, 1783) – Long-tailed Widowbird – extreme SE Botswana, E South Africa, W Swaziland and Lesotho.
Male breeding (including tail) 50–71 cm, male non-breeding 19–21 cm, female c. 15 cm; male 33–46 g, female 25–39 g. Male nominate race breeding is... read more
Song in flight a high-pitched and repetitive "twi-twi-twi-twi-zizizizi"; also a sizzling... read more
Grassland, often areas of short grass, not necessarily in damp or marshy habitats, at 1800–... read more
Food and feeding
Main food seeds of grasses such as Setaria sphacelata, Paspalum dilatatum, Paspalum distichum, Pennisetum... read more
Breeds Feb in Angola, Dec–Apr in DRCongo, Apr–May in Zambia, Nov–Jan in Kenya, and Oct–Jun (primarily Nov–Feb... read more
Resident, with local movements; birds not present at breeding sites throughout year.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common. Abundant in S of range, although localized in Swaziland, where estimated population 1200 individuals. N populations, especially in... read more
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