Black-winged Bishop (Euplectes hordeaceus) - HBW 15, p. 146
French: Euplecte monseigneur
Spanish: Obispo Alinegro
Other common names: Fire-/Fiery-/Red-crowned Bishop, Black-winged Red/Black-crowned Red Bishop
Taxonomy: Loxia hordeacea Linnaeus, 1758, "In Indiis"; error = Senegal.
Sometimes placed with E. aureus and E. gierowii in a separate genus, Groteiplectes. In captivity, reported as having hybridized with E. ardens and "red bishop", probably E. franciscanus. Birds in NE of range sometimes separated as race craspedopterus (described from Ethiopia), supposedly differing in having pale (not black) undertail-coverts, but variation individual, rather than regional, and naming of geographical races considered unwarranted. Treated as monotypic.
Distribution: S Mauritania, Gambia, N & SW Senegal, C & S Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast E to extreme SW Niger, C Nigeria, Cameroon, São Tomé, N & S Central African Republic, SW & SE Chad, SW & S Sudan and SW Ethiopia, S discontinuously to Gabon, PRCongo, DRCongo (except C forested region), Uganda, W & SE Kenya, W Rwanda, W Burundi, much of Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba I), N & W Angola, Zambia, Malawi, N & E Zimbabwe and C Mozambique.
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VideosSee all 8 videos
A male in breeding plumage peched and preening Locality Banjul, The Gambia (ssp hordeaceus)
Eldert Groenewoud 22 October 2005 6 years ago 11 sec 4.5
A close-up of a male in breeding plumage. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 4 years ago 27 sec 3.8
A short view of a bird in its dry (non-breeding) season plumage Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal (ssp hordeaceus)
Juan Sanabria 9 January 2007 6 years ago 5 sec 3.8
non breeding male Locality Pirang, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 24 December 2011 2 years ago 13 sec 3.4
A male in breeding plumage scratching the head and flying away Locality Butiaba Escarpment, Uganda (ssp craspedopterus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 August 2006 7 years ago 15 sec 3.4
A female perched, looking around. Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 21 March 2008 4 years ago 31 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 15 photos
A male in full breeding plumage. Balaba Gunjur district.
Locality Banjul, The Gambia
M P Goodey 1 October 2007 2 years ago 4.5
Black-winged Bishop (Euplectes hordeaceus)
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 17 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 7 November 2012 16 weeks ago 4
Locality Tanji, Western Division, The Gambia
David Lingard 21 November 2010 1 year ago 3.8
Locality Atewa Range, Ghana (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 27 April 2012 1 year ago 3.8
An adult male in breeding plumage.
Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany (Monotypic species)
Tomasz Doroń 1 October 2009 1 year ago 3.3