Vaalnest Reviews the Bishop, Yellow bird

Posted by Collen on Tue September 15, 2015 in Birding in Vaal Marina.

This common weaver occurs in less arid vegetated areas, such as fynbos, moist grassland and bracken-covered valleys at altitudes from sea level to the Ethiopian highlands.

In non-breeding plumage, the black plumage is replaced by heavily streaked buffy-brown, and the bill is pale. The yellow shoulders and rump remain, and are a distinction from the female which lacks the contrasting colour patches. The juveniles and females are notoriously difficult to identify in the field, appearing identical to the juveniles and females of several other bishops and widow birds as well as some seedeaters. Here are few features that you can look out for when spotting the Bishop Yellow:

  • The yellow bishop is a stocky 15 centimetres (5.9 in) long bird.
  • The breeding male is black apart from his bright yellow lower back, rump, and shoulder patches
  • Brown edging to the wing feathers.
  • The Bishop also has a short crest
  • Thick conical black bill and the bill size varies dramatically between races.
  • Many species have a relatively short tail.

In the breeding season they are usually solitary or in pairs, but the non-breeding yellow bishop is gregarious, often forming flocks with other 'mixed euplectes'.They feed on seed, grain and some insects.

BirdLife International (2012). "Euplectes capensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.


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