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Yellow-crowned Bishop

Euplectes afer

ML201875781

IBC1562005

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Robert Humphries
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Pilanesberg NP (please be more specific)
North-West, South Africa
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Latitude and Longitude -25.282, 27.0882 Map

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A brilliant male Yellow-crowned Bishop fluffing its back then flying off. The brilliant Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer) is small species of Widowbird that like most species in the group is highly sexually dimorphic. Male Yellow-crowned Bishops are polygynous, building one or more woven nests attached to vegetation, or occasionally fence wires, usually near water. The males are highly competitive, fluffing their yellow backs and flying rapidly after other males, attempting to drive them away. The buzzing, swizzling call and the flaring yellow feathers are used to attract the sparrow-like females to a nest. This male Yellow-crowned Bishop was perching for a few seconds on grass stems in a shallow pond before fluffing his back feathers then taking off in pursuit of a rival male or a passing female. Elevation: 1305 m. Date added to IBC: February 12, 2019.

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IBC scientific name: Euplectes afer taha.

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