Northern red bishop

Euplectes franciscanus

The northern red bishop or orange bishop is a weaver belonging to the family Ploceidae.

It was formerly regarded as a subspecies of the southern red bishop of the southern half of Africa. The two are now usually classified as separate species.
Red Bishop Northern Red Bishop
Euplectes franciscanus - 
Euplecte franciscain

Burkina Faso Burkina Faso,Euplectes franciscanus,Geotagged,Northern red bishop,Summer

Appearance

The northern red bishop is a stocky 13–15 cm. bird. The breeding male is scarlet apart from his black head and waistcoat, and brown wings and tail. The conical bill is thick and black.

The non-breeding male is pale yellow streaked above and shading to whitish below. It has a buff supercilium. Females are similar, but smaller. Young birds have wider pale fringes on their flight feathers.

Recently this bird has been spotted in North America due to an accidental release from a Texan pet shop. They are
quite numerous and breeding freely.
Red Bishop Northern Red Bishop
Euplectes franciscanus -
Euplecte franciscain

Parade plumage Burkina Faso,Euplectes franciscanus,Geotagged,Northern red bishop,Summer

Distribution

The northern red bishop is a resident breeding bird species in Africa south of the Sahara Desert and north of the Equator. It has been introduced to Puerto Rico, Martinique and Guadeloupe in the West Indies. Also, it has been introduced to California in the 1980s.

This common weaver occurs in a range of open country, especially tall grassland and often near water.
Red Bishop Northern Red Bishop
Euplectes franciscanus 
Euplecte franciscain

Burkina Faso Burkina Faso,Euplectes franciscanus,Northern red bishop

Behavior

The northern red bishop displays prominently, singing high-pitched squeaks from tall grass, puffing out his feathers or performing a slow hovering display flight. It builds a spherical woven nest in tall grass. Two to four eggs are laid. This weaver is a gregarious species which feeds on seed, grain and some insects, all the time making a thin '' tsip'' call.

Habitat

The northern red bishop is a resident breeding bird species in Africa south of the Sahara Desert and north of the Equator. It has been introduced to Puerto Rico, Martinique and Guadeloupe in the West Indies. Also, it has been introduced to California in the 1980s.

This common weaver occurs in a range of open country, especially tall grassland and often near water.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyPloceidae
GenusEuplectes
SpeciesE. franciscanus
Photographed in
Burkina Faso