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Latin name

 

Euplectes orix

Family

 

Waterbirds

Size

 

Length 12-13 cm

Weight

 

15 - 26 g (m) 13 - 25 g (f)

Colour

 

Breeding male scarlet above with black face and brown wings; below black with scarlet chest and undertail; bill black; legs pinkish. Female and eclipse male brown above, streaked darker; below buffy with brown streaks on breast and flanks; wings and tail dark brown; bill pinkish brown.

Appearance

 

Black-winged (or fire-crowned) bishop; but wings and tail brown (not black); female and eclipse male robustly built with short tail; no distinctive colour at bend of wing as in some other bishop species.

Habitat

 

Reed beds, gardens, orchards when breeding; otherwise open grassveld, fallow lands.