Zanzibar Bishop (Euplectes nigroventris) - HBW 15, p. 146
French: Euplecte de Zanzibar
Spanish: Obispo de Zanzíbar
Other common names: Black-bellied Bishop, Black-winged Bishop(!), Zanzibar Red Bishop
Taxonomy: Euplectes nigroventris Cassin, 1848, Zanzibar.
Has been regarded as forming a superspecies with E. franciscanus and E. orix, but such treatment not supported by molecular data. Proposed race rufigula (described from C Kenya), having some red on throat and breast, is considered no more than a variant. Monotypic.
Distribution: Coastal region from SE Kenya (irregularly inland to Tsavo) S, including offshore islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, to N Mozambique (S to Mocuba); in SW Tanzania W to Songea.
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Adul male near full breeding plumage
Locality East Usambara, Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
Markus Lilje 25 April 2015 33 weeks ago 4
Locality Sabaki (Galana) River Delta, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 26 November 2011 2 years ago 3.7
A male Zanzibar Bishop in breeding plumage
Locality Watamu, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Steve Garvie 7 August 2007 6 years ago 3.5
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