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

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 67

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 60

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

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 65

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 56

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 147

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 46

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 345

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

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 388

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

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 563

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 573

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 6

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 435

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 118

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

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 416

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 121

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 110

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 110

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 308

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 413

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 143

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

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 62

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

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 50

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

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 217

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 116

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 259

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

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 303

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

African Wildlife - Vol 42 No 3 - Author: - Published: 1988 - Page: 155

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 275

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 216

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

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