French: Euplecte montagnard German: Reichenowweber Spanish: Obispo montano
Other common names:
Montane Marsh Widowbird,
Highlands of SW Tanzania, and extreme NE Zambia and N Malawi (Nyika Plateau).
15 cm, breeding male (including tail) 35 cm; one male 35·5 g. Male breeding is almost wholly black, with very long tail (mean length 24·7 cm); lesser wing-coverts bright... read more
Song described as a complex series of notes, very high-pitched. Whistling notes and a rattle call... read more
Short, dense grassland in montane areas, often near streams; at 1800–3000 m in Tanzania,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet grass seeds and insects, but no details published. Large flocks reported in non-breeding season.
Breeds May in Tanzania, Jan in Zambia and Oct–Nov in Malawi. Presumed polygynous; male territorial, with aerial flight display. Nest... read more
Presumed resident within breeding range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Locally common within its very limited distributional range. Occurs in Nyika... read more
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