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Southern Red Bishop

Euplectes orix


It is 10–11 centimetres long and has a thick conical bill. Breeding males are brightly coloured with red (occasionally orange) and black plumage. The forehead, face and throat are black and the rest of the head is red. The upperparts are red apart from the brown wings and tail. The upper breast and under tail-coverts are red while the lower breast and belly are black. The non-breeding male and female have streaky brown plumage, paler below. Females are smaller than the males. It has various twittering calls and a nasal contact call. The male has a buzzing song.


The Southern Red Bishop or Red Bishop (Euplectes orix) is a small passerine bird belonging to the bishop and widowbird genus Euplectes in the weaver family Ploceidae. It is common in wetlands and grassland in Africa south of the Equator. North of the Equator, it is replaced by the Northern Red Bishop or Orange Bishop (E. franciscanus) which was formerly regarded as a subspecies of this species.

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78 Comments (1–25)

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Sooo Crazy! Fantastic Series!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 9 years ago

Thx Ed!

EdGriggs 9 years ago

Great shot of a beautiful bird!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Thanks Phillip!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 10 years ago

Wonderful looking species! Great captures Jared!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Thanks so much Ajwerko!

Ajwerko 10 years ago

Beautiful picture! Amazing looking bird. Thanks for sharing.

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Thanks glen and injica!

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 10 years ago

Very nice! Such amazing and vibrant color!

injica 10 years ago

This is a truly colorful and funny looking bird :) Tnx for sharing

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Haha yeah I agree Kerry it looks like he is about to rob a bank but he's way too cute for that! Thanks Jellis and Kerry for the great comments.

Jellis 10 years ago

Goregous bird, love the bright Orange-red color

KerryHawkins 10 years ago

Beautiful! Looks like he has a beanie on his head or even a balaklava.

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Thanks Harsha!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Amazing bird!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Thanks Jakubko!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Wow! This reminds me of an Icterid. Fantastic bird, and a belated congratulations on spotting of the day!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Thanks Leuba and Toucan! You right the red is almost unreal almost neon!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Congratulations Jared ! Just amazing - all that red doesn't look like part of the bird. Great series too ! thanks

Toucan 10 years ago

Congratulations, Jared!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Thanks Isabella!

IsabellaFiers 10 years ago

Well deserved SOTD, congratulations !!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Thanks Everyone for your kind comments!!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 10 years ago

Congratulations on your lovely bird.

Jared Hersch
Spotted by
Jared Hersch

Eastern Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 25, 2013
Submitted on Feb 4, 2013

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