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Red and black bishops

2014-09-07 (565)

There are 5 bishops where the males in breeding plumage are red and black. The table below shows some plumage differences in the breeding males. The species are ordered by average wing size of males (Southern Red Bishop and Black Bishop populations vary in size geographically).

species wing forehead & crown chin & breast
Zanzibar Bishop Euplectes nigroventris 58.8 red black
Northern Red Bishop Euplectes franciscanus 62.9 black red
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix 70-75 black & red black & red
Black-winged Bishop Euplectes hordeaceus 75.7 red black & red
Black Bishop Euplectes gierowii 79-87 black black & red