Weavers (Ploceidae)

Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix) - HBW 15, p. 145

French: Euplecte ignicolore German: Oryxweber Spanish: Obispo Rojo
Other common names: Red/Little Bishop, Grenadier Weaver

Taxonomy: Emberiza orix Linnaeus, 1758, Angola.
Has been regarded as forming a superspecies with E. franciscanus and E. nigroventris, and sometimes treated as conspecific with former, but such treatments not supported by molecular data. In captivity, male mated with female E. ardens produced hybrid offspring. Several races have been proposed, e.g. nigrifrons (described from Karema, on E shore of L Tanganyika, in Tanzania) and, in South Africa, turgidus (from Citrusdal, in W Western Cape) and sundevalli (from SE Eastern Cape); this species, however, varies clinally in size, with largest birds in SW.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Emberiza orix Linnaeus, 1758, Angola.
Has been regarded as forming a superspecies with E. franciscanus and E. nigroventris, and sometimes treated as conspecific with former, but such treatments not supported by molecular data. In captivity, male mated with female E. ardens produced hybrid offspring. Several races have been proposed, e.g. nigrifrons (described from Karema, on E shore of L Tanganyika, in Tanzania) and, in South Africa, turgidus (from Citrusdal, in W Western Cape) and sundevalli (from SE Eastern Cape); this species, however, varies clinally in size, with largest birds in SW South Africa, and no populations constantly separable on basis of morphometrics or plumage characteristics. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: E & S DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, S Kenya, Tanzania, W & S Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe and C & S Mozambique S to N & E Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and lowlands of Lesotho.