Life, Habitat and Pictures of the Northern Red Bishop
Species: The Northern Red Bishop was once known as the Orange Bishop (Euplectes franciscanus). It is an exotic bird that is native to northern Africa and is a member of the weaver family. This bird species has been reported in Miami, Houston, Phoenix and Los Angeles. In most cases, these are escaped bird sightings. There is a breeding colony in Houston, Texas.
Distinctions: Sexually dimorphic, the male has a reddish orange body, black face and crown, black breast and brown wings and tail tip. The female is sparrow-like in appearance, light brown overall, with slightly streaked breast, juvenile similar to the female and the male, when the male is in non-breeding plumage.
Voice: Soft single note, sparrow-like in sound.
Nesting: Four to five aqua blue eggs per clutch. Nest is constructed on to a group of stronger plant stems, woven into a hive-like enclosure, using grass and hay-like materials. Male may have multiple female mates at the same time.
Distribution: Seen in the southern states, where the temperatures are somewhat similar to their native homes. Reported across the southern states, mostly likely escaped birds. There is a breeding colony located in the city of Houston, Texas and another one in Phoenix, Arizona.
References to Other Bird Sites:
These are links to websites pertaining to the different birding institutions, societies and organizations here in North America. Some of these same sites are a great asset to seeking out knowledge on birds in other regions of the world. Each of these links offer the user different methods to identify birds, whether it be by regions, habitat, appearance or maybe colour. Knowledge on the possibilities of where and what birds might be present are included.
Hinterland Who’s Who Welcome to the Web site for Hinterland Who’s Who It all started in 1963, with black-and-white vignettes about the loon, the moose, the gannet and the beaver. For more than 50 years, Hinterland Who’s Who has proudly been bringing Canada’s iconic wildlife directly into Canadians’ homes. Re-launched in 2003, the new series serves to rebuild the connection thousands of viewers made with wildlife through the original series. Welcome to our new website! Have a look around, and learn how you can help ensure that the wildlife remains part of what it means to be Canadian.
Avibase – the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.
ABA – American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the “Big Year”. It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.