Weavers (Ploceidae)

Yellow-mantled Widowbird (Euplectes macroura) - HBW 15, p. 149

French: Euplecte à dos d'or German: Gelbschulterweber Spanish: Obispo Dorsiamarillo
Other common names: Yellow-mantled Whydah, Yellow-backed/Yellow-shouldered Widow(bird)/Whydah; Ethiopian Widowbird (macrocercus)

Taxonomy: Loxia macroura J. F. Gmelin, 1789, "Africa, in regno Whidah et ad fluvium Senegal" = Ouidah, Benin.
In captivity, has hybridized with E. ardens and E. axillaris. Proposed race intermedius (described from E shore of L Tanganyika) synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • macroura ( J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, extreme S Mali, Burkina Faso, extreme SW Niger, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria E, discontinuously, to Cameroon, SW Chad, Central African Republic and S Sudan, S to Gabon, PRCongo, N Angola, DRCongo, Uganda, SW Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and extreme W Mozambique.
  • macrocercus ( M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) - highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
  • conradsi ( Berger, 1908) - Ukerewe I, in L Victoria.

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