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
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 6 years ago 18 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 5 years ago 21 sec 3.3
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A male perched in a reed
Locality Lisbon Region, Portugal
Jose Viana 2 June 2008 5 years ago 4.5
Male perched on a wire.
Locality Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (ssp taha)
Adam Riley 3 February 2007 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.4
Napoleonweber (Euplectes afer)
lambrigger 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.3
Didier Collin 1 July 2008 50 weeks ago 4.3
Didier Collin 14 July 2008 50 weeks ago 4.3
Adult male in breeding plumage perched
Locality Kabak Island, Kindia Region, Guinea (ssp afer)
Nik Borrow 12 October 2011 2 years ago 4.1