Weavers (Ploceidae)

Black Bishop (Euplectes gierowii) - HBW 15, p. 144

French: Euplecte de Gierow German: Bischofsweber Spanish: Obispo Negro
Other common names: Gierow's Bishop; Angola Black Bishop (gierowii); Northern Black Bishop (ansorgei); Southern Black Bishop (friederichseni)

Taxonomy: Euplectes gierowii Cabanis, 1880, Malanje, Angola.
Sometimes placed with E. aureus and E. hordeaceus in a separate genus, Groteiplectes. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ansorgei ( E. J. O. Hartert, 1899) - W, E & S Cameroon, S Central African Republic, N PRCongo, N & NE DRCongo, S Sudan, W & SW Ethiopia, Uganda and W Kenya.
  • gierowii Cabanis, 1880 - SW DRCongo and NW Angola.
  • friederichseni G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884 - S Kenya and NC Tanzania.

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