Weavers (Ploceidae)

Black-winged Bishop (Euplectes hordeaceus) - HBW 15, p. 146

French: Euplecte monseigneur German: Flammenweber 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.