Red bishop (Euplectes orix)
There is one female red bishop at the Zoo. She was born in 2001 and arrived here in 2003.
Status in the wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. They are considered pests in many areas, as they tend to raid cereal crops.
Red bishops can be found throughout central and southern Africa. They prefer grasslands usually near water.
Consists mainly of seed eating, insects and shrubs.
- Males of this species flock together during breeding season to make a large nest in shrub areas and then wait for the females to arrive to lay eggs.
- There are various twittering noises that this bird makes and the males make a buzzing song.
- The nests are usually woven among reeds and are made of various plant material.
- The chicks are usually matured and flying by 25 days.