Southern Red Bishop
Afrikaans name: Rooivink
Male Red Bishop
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 Bishop perched on a reed
Male Red Bishops weave a nest in the reeds. They mate with more than one female. Up to four eggs are laid.
Female Southern Red Bishop
References and further readingAfrican 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