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Zanzibar Red Bishop

Zanzibar Red Bishop
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-30 3:03
Viewed: 3276
Points: 4
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Zanzibar Red Bishop
(Euplectes nigroventris)
Size: 10 cm

A distinctive Red Bishop which shows far more black than the other species. In particular most individuals show no red from throat to belly (some inland Kenyan birds do have scattered red feathers on the throat).

It has various twittering calls and a nasal contact call. The male has a buzzing song.

In the breeding season it is found near water among grass, reeds, sedges or crops such as sugar cane. Outside the breeding season it will venture into drier grassland and savanna habitats. It often roosts in mixed flocks with other members of the weaver family. It is a fairly gregarious bird, nesting in colonies and foraging in flocks. It feeds on seeds and some insects. It often roosts in mixed flocks with other members of the weaver family.
At the start of the breeding season, the males build several nests to attract females. They perform a display flight with their feathers fluffed up. They are polygynous and mate with several females. The nest is most commonly built among reeds and is made of grasses and other plant materials woven together. Two to four eggs are laid.

Very rare escapee of Singapore. Southeastern Kenya to eastern Tanzania, Zanzibar, Pemba, and northern Mozambique.

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Nice composition.Excellent point of view. Beautiful colours and good details.Well done
vijeesh babu

Hi Ang,
Excellent colour.Good timing and great details.Well done..


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