Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Red-collared Widowbird

Red-collared Widowbird (male) 

The red-collared widowbird (Euplectes ardens) is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae. Red-collared widowbirds are found in grasslands and bush clearings in Eastern and Southern Africa.They are known for their long tails and brilliant red badges, both which act as sexual ornaments. They are often associated with other widowbird and bishop species. They are polygynous, where males acquisition of territory is an important determinant in their access to mates. Red-collared widowbirds have a wide range and there is little concern in terms of conservation status.

I was sitting on the roof of the shack on Saturday when this small flock of Red-collared Widowbirds landed in a connifer quite a distance away. These are all males in full breeding plumage. The females are pretty LBJ's (little brown jobs) with speckled plumage. 
Red-collared Widowbird (female) Image Google 

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