French: Euplecte à épaules blanches German: Spiegelweber Spanish: Obispo aliblanco
Durban, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
E. a. eques
(Hartlaub, 1863) – Central African Republic, SW Sudan, S South Sudan#R, S & E Ethiopia, E DRCongo, W Rwanda, W Burundi, Uganda (mainly W & S) and Kenya S to S Tanzania.
E. a. asymmetrurus
(Reichenow, 1892) – São Tomé, W Gabon, S Congo, W DRCongo and Angola.
E. a. albonotatus
(Cassin, 1848) – S Tanzania, SE DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi, NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and E South Africa.
14 cm; 20–27 g, female 16–24 g. Distinctive widowbird with medium-long tail. Male nominate race breeding has black plumage, except for white bases of primaries,... read more
Song, both from perch and in flight, a swizzling phrase, "squee-squi-squeeze twirr zem-zem-zem... read more
Tall bushed grassland in relatively dry country, generally below 2000 m; also rank growth of weeds... read more
Food and feeding
Diet chiefly seeds of the grasses Brachiaria bizantha, Chloris virgata, Hyparrhenia, Pennisetum, ... read more
Breeds Sept–Oct in Sudan, Jun in Ethiopia; Feb–Apr in Rwanda and S DRCongo; peak Mar–Jun and recorded also Sept and Dec... read more
Predominantly resident. Local movements evident; seasonal visitor to Darfur region of Sudan, where... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in most of range, including São Tomé; uncommon in NW of range. Widespread in agricultural landscapes, as well as in... read more
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