French: Euplecte à dos d’or German: Gelbschulterweber Spanish: Obispo dorsiamarillo
J. F. Gmelin
“Africa, in regno Whidah et ad fluvium Senegal” = Ouidah, Benin
Subspecies and Distribution
E. m. macroura
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Yellow-mantled Widowbird – Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, extreme S Mali, Burkina Faso, extreme SW Niger, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria E, discontinuously, to Cameroon, SW Chad, Central African Republic and S Sudan, S to Gabon, Congo, N Angola, DRCongo, South Sudan, W & S Uganda, SW Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and extreme W Mozambique.
E. m. conradsi
(Berger, 1908) – Ukerewe I, in L Victoria.
E. m. macrocercus
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – Yellow-shouldered Widowbird – highlands of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda and W Kenya.
14 cm, breeding male 19 cm; male 22–29 g, female 17–20 g. Long-tailed widowbird. Male nominate race breeding is mainly black, with long, graduated tail (mean... read more
Song from perch a rustling, sizzling "zzher-tsi-zzher-zzhyer", sometimes preceded by... read more
Moist grassland, marshy areas with trees and scrub; also rice fields and rank grass in abandoned... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly seeds, particularly of sedges (Cyperaceae), also grass seeds; also arthropods. In Ivory Coast savanna, diet estimated at 80%... read more
Breeds Sept–Nov in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Jun–Aug in Ghana, Jun–Nov in Benin, Aug–Sept in Burkina Faso, Jul... read more
Generally resident; occurrence seasonal in parts of Ghana.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant within extensive range; rare in Mali. No information on current status of race conradsi, which is very poorly... read more
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