French: Euplecte à croupion jaune German: Samtweber Spanish: Obispo culigualdo
Other common names:
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
E. c. phoenicomerus
G. R. Gray, 1862 – highlands of SE Nigeria and W & C Cameroon; also Bioko.
E. c. xanthomelas
Rüppell, 1840 – highlands of Ethiopia.
E. c. crassirostris
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1907) – SE South Sudan, W & E Uganda, E & SE DRCongo, Rwanda and Burundi, C Kenya and coastal and highland Tanzania S to Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe plateau and highlands, C & S Mozambique and NE South Africa.
E. c. angolensis
Neunzig, 1928 – highlands of Angola.
E. c. capensis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S South Africa (Western Cape E to Knysna region).
E. c. approximans
(Cabanis, 1851) – E South Africa (from Gauteng S to Knysna), W Swaziland and Lesotho.
15 cm; male average 37 g in W Cape but 24 g elsewhere, female average 30 g in W Cape but 19 g elsewhere. Short-tailed bishop-like bird. Male nominate race breeding has entire... read more
Song from perch a series of loud chipping calls followed by sizzling, "chip-chip-chip pa-tzee tee-... read more
In N regions mainly montane grasslands, primarily at 1400–2300 m in E Africa, to 3200 m in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet seeds, primarily grass seeds, also cultivated maize (Zea mays), rice (Oryza) and millet; also insects such as... read more
Breeds Nov in Cameroon and Jul–Oct in Ethiopia; in DRCongo, Jul–Nov in Uele, Jan–Mar in Itombwe, Dec in Katanga, and Feb... read more
Primarily resident. Highland populations may undertake altitudinal movements, returning in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to common. Common in thinly populated montane regions. Population in Swaziland estimated at 20,000 individuals; in S & C... read more
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