Transform a pious bird into a marvel
A little dull bird is transformed into a sight to behold by the combination of rich vermilion and velvety black!
During the breeding season, the mating male of the southern red bishop (Euplectes orix) has eclipse plumage, which is coloured differently each day.
Breeding males have dazzling top portions that range in colour from red to orange, as well as brownish wings and a tail that is also brown.
With a black chest and belly, his upper breast and undertail coverts have reddish-orange tones.
His attire is finished off by a red head and a mask-like black face.
On the other hand, females and non-breeding males are nondescript, having short tails and thick, buff-colored brows.
South of the Equator, in Africa, this bird is common in the marshes and grasslands.
North of the equator, the northern red bishop takes its position.
They can be found near water and among grass during the breeding season.
It loves dry grassland and savanna settings outside of the mating season.
The Southern Red Bishop is an omnivorous bird, meaning it consumes both seeds and insects.
At the beginning of the breeding season, he will construct a number of nests in his territory to entice females.
Additionally, he will display his construction with a noticeable flying known as a bumblebee flight that has its plumes all ruffled up.
The oval-shaped nest is made of grass and is typically constructed above water. The female will lay two to four eggs within.