Meet The Most Fascinating Northern Red Bishop

red-orange feathers Northern Red Bishop

Northern Red Bishop is also known as Orange Bishop due to its orangish-red plumage. It is scientifically named the Euplectes Franciscans. It is one of the small passerine birds in the Ploceidae family. It is about 11 cm in size and weighs around 12-22 grams.

This species is known for its vibrant reddish-orange plumage and black belly. The primaries, greater primary coverts, and secondaries of the bird are brown. It’s under tail coverts are brown, tipped with a bright red patch. 

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Its appealing red and black attire makes it the most charming bird among all passerine birds. Many bird lovers are tempted by this graceful bird. 

Red-Bishop has divided into distinct species; Northern Red-Bishop and Southern Red-Bishop (Euplectes Orix), considered as sister species. Northern Red Bishop inhabits the northern regions of Africa while the Southern Red Bishop inhabits the south.

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Not only by name, but even both have an identical appearance. Even though they have some dissimilarities between them. 

For instance, you can’t differentiate between the Northern Red Bishop and Southern Red Bishop. But if you gaze, you can observe that the southern red bishop lacks a black crown over its head, and they both are colored vividly.

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Let me tell you the secret of their red-orange feathers.

The secret of their striking orange-red feathers is the pigment caused by the compounds in their diet.

 Have a look at the breeding or nonbreeding male Red-Bishop.

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Only the breeding males have bright-colored plumage. 

Nonbreeding males have a light brown and white feather pattern, similar to that of a sparrow. 

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 Northern Red Bishop

Breeding season causes a complete colored transition in the male Red-Bishops.

This species resides in tall grasslands or cultivated areas near water and marshes. Northern Red Bishops are mostly seen in the lowlands to elevations up to 1000 meters.

 Northern Red Bishop

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Northern Red Bishops are polygamous.

Males of this species are believed to be with multiple partners. Mates are attracted by bright orange plumage. 

You can’t see any of the males singing in the non-breeding season.

Males sing monotonously during the breeding season, and you may not see any singing males at all in the non-breeding season. 

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Red-Bishops mostly feed on grass seeds and insects. Most often they forage on the ground or within grass for seeds and insects.

 Northern Red Bishop

They like to feed on grass seeds and are also known for eating insects. These birds have been seen visiting seed feeders in the late winter and springtime. 

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This dazzling bird can be found all over northern Africa. You’ll be delighted to know that the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species listed northern species as the least concern of endangerment.

Whether you’re a bird lover or not, you’d not like to miss the sight of this marvelous Red Bishop.

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