Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer) - HBW 15, p. 143
French: Euplecte vorabé
Spanish: Obispo Coronigualdo
Other common names: Napoleon/Golden Bishop; Black-winged(!)/Taha Golden Bishop (taha)
Taxonomy: Loxia afra J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Africa = Senegal.
This species and E. diadematus have sometimes been placed in a separate genus, Taha, and considered to form a superspecies, but molecular data suggest that present species occupies a basal position within current genus, without close relatives. Has hybridized with E. franciscanus in captivity. Proposed race ladoensis (described from S Sudan) subsumed in taha; validity of niassensis, description of which based on a single female (from Mitomoni, in S Tanzania), uncertain, as specimen not now available. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- afer ( J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - S Mauritania, Gambia, coastal regions of Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone, NE Ivory Coast, riverine areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, N parts of Ghana, Togo and Benin, SW Niger, N & C Nigeria, N, C & W Cameroon, N Central African Republic, W Sudan and Nile Valley, S to PRCongo along rivers, N DRCongo, and W Angola (Luanda region); sporadic records from Liberia, Chad, Gabon and Uganda.
- strictus Hartlaub, 1857 - highland plateau of C Ethiopia.
- taha A. Smith, 1836 - S Sudan, S Somalia, W Kenya, C Tanzania, SE DRCongo, S Angola, SW & N Zambia, N Namibia, N & E Botswana, W Zimbabwe, E South Africa and Lesotho lowlands; occasional records from Swaziland and Mozambique.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male and female perched. Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp afer)
Yoel Jimenez 2 November 2014 1 year ago 28 sec 3.8
Dorsal view of a male on a wire, and then ventral view of a male Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus), both in breeding plum Locality KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Helmut Schenkel Brunner 31 December 2001 8 years ago 18 sec 3.7
A male in breeding plumage. Locality Kartong, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp afer)
Yoel Jimenez 11 November 2014 1 year ago 39 sec 3.7
A male in breeding plumage on top of a small bush. Locality Abuko Rice Fields, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp afer)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 November 2008 7 years ago 21 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 27 photos
Male perched on a wire.
Locality Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (ssp taha)
Adam Riley 3 February 2007 1 year ago 4.5
Napoleonweber (Euplectes afer)
Niele 1 year ago 4.3
A male perched in a reed
Locality Lisbon Region, Portugal
Jose Viana 2 June 2008 6 years ago 4.3
Bird perched in a thorn bush
Locality Nairobi National Park, Kenya (ssp taha)
James Kashangaki 21 December 2015 27 weeks ago 4.2
Adult male in breeding plumage perched
Locality Kabak Island, Kindia Region, Guinea (ssp afer)
Nik Borrow 12 October 2011 4 years ago 4.1
A male perched.
Locality Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve, Tagus Estuary, Lisbon Region, Portugal
Eric Roualet 3 October 2015 31 weeks ago 4