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Bishop: Southern Red Bishop

Unread postby francoisd » Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:36 pm

Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix)

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Other names:
Afrikaans: Rooivink
German: Oryxweber
French: Euplecte ignicolore
Dutch: Grenadierwever

The Southern Red Bishop is a member of the weaver family. The species lives in wetland habitats, particularly cattail marshes and similar areas.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:05 pm

Can be seen from the hide at the main camp at Addo.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:55 pm

Bird hide in Addo main camp:
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:26 pm

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Unread postby wildheart » Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:21 am

Red Bishop in the making.
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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:05 pm

Apologies for reposting the photo of the male but thought it would be good to see the male and female side-by-side

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby gfordyce » Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:21 pm

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Any Idea what this bird is? I apologise for the quality of the photo. The bird was seen today at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. It was on the ground a lot picking through the grasses and leaves. I think it may be a Southern Red Bishop?
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Unread postby Bahamut » Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:33 pm

Southern Red Bishop starting breeding moult :D

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:22 pm

Please help me ID these two birds. Seen at Rietvlei NR


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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:39 pm

The second is a female Bishop, and It just dosn't look white enough below to be Yellow-crowned, so Im with Southern Red Bishop on that one! :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:25 pm

Thanks Justin. I just saw same bird as in pic 2 and realised it must be red bishop females as these today were with the males. :)

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:32 pm

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:18 am

Here's another that has me stumped! :? I've poured over the pix in my Newman's for female canaries, female weavers, and female widows, as well as sparrows, but nothing seems to have both the stripey breast and the yellow-y eyebrow :hmz: My best guesses are female red bishop, altho it seems too dark for that? Another possibility might be a female yellow canary, altho my book shows a white rather than yellow-y eyebrow, and this bird lacks the white slash below the eye :? A very remote possibility might be the female yellowrumped widow, but I really doubt it! Seen in my garden in Darling on 1 November 2008.

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Unread postby deefstes » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:08 am

Yellow Bishop (or Yellowrumped Widow) is more boldly and darker streaked below. If you had photographed the bird in the north-eastern parts of the country I would have had a serious struggle separating between Southern Red Bishop and Yellow-crowned Bishop but the fact that it was photographed in Darling makes that a moot point. Thanks goodness.

The yellowish eye-brow, dark tear mark under the eye and buffy and streaked underparts and flanks are typical of female Southern Red Bishop - but then it's also typical of female Yellow-crowned Bishop. The YCB is meant to be less boldly streaked underneath and I think the eyebrow is not quite as yellow either but I still struggle with those features.

I remember recently I was studying a large flock of Red Bishops to familiarise myself with these features. As I had my bins trained on the birds an Ovambo Sparrowhawk appeared out of nowhere and smashed through the flock picking out a bird in an explosion of feathers. Awesome sighting!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:14 pm

Thanks for confirming my ID, deefstes, and for all the additional interesting info about how to differentiate these birds. And for relating your awesome kill sighting :shock: , I've yet to see anything like that! Always something to look forward to!!
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