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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Red Bishop

Afrikaans name: Rooivink

A male Southern Red Bishop in breeding plumage

Male Red Bishop

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.

A male Southern Red Bishop perched on a reed

Male Red Bishop perched on a reed

Photo © Steven Herbert

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

A female Southern Red Bishop

Female Southern Red Bishop

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 96

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 113

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 111

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 217

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 78

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 72

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 214

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 189

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 110

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 414

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 413

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 733

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 732

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 422

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 180

List of South African Birds

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