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Yellow Bishop | Euplectes capensis

The Yellow Bishop is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Ploceidae bird family group which includes birds such as Weavers, Queleas, Windowbirds.

The description for the Yellow Bishop (Latin name Euplectes capensis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Euplectes capensis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 827 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1030. You will find a picture of the Yellow Bishop on page 1025.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Yellow-rumped Widow in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Yellow Bishop has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 30 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured brown. The Euplectes capensis has a grey, brown coloured throat, brown legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Euplectes capensis has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black

Eyes are brown

Bill is brown

Legs are brown

Throat is grey, brown

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Euplectes capensis attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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