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Southern Red Bishop

Afrikaans name: Rooivink

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Southern Red Bishop

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A male Southern Red Bishop in breeding plumage

Photo © Steven Herbert

Euplectes orix

During the breeding season the male Southern Red Bishop is one of the regions most stunning looking birds.

Red Bishops are a common sight in reedbeds during summer. Males can be seen perched on reeds, building nests or chasing females.

Female Red Bishops, and non-breeding males, are drab and inconspicuous birds.

They feed on seeds and insects and can sometimes be seen at bird-feeders in residential areas.

Male Red Bishops weave a nest in the reeds. They mate with more than one female. Up to four eggs are laid.

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