Zanzibar Red Bishop Gallery

While on safari in late spring at Mikumi National Park, I was impressed with the coloration of the male Zanzibar Red Bishop in full breeding plumage. Outside of this period, the male is virtually indistinguishable from the female, but during the breeding season the males of most bishop species are so striking that it can be quite distracting for a birder to drive at full speed along the highways of Southeastern Africa (various bishop species can be found in grassy areas near water, often in overgrown ditches along roadsides). The male Zanzibar Red Bishop is distinctive for its extensive black plumage, being the only bishop species with a black throat.

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