This gregarious bishop is told from its black-winged brother by its black (not red) forecrown and its brown (not black) flight feathers. It is a very common resident and nomad in grassland, savannah and fields throughout much of southern Africa, where it nests in colonies and forages in flocks.
In the breeding season it can be found near water among grass, reeds, sedges or crops, where it an be seen in all its colourful glory. Outside the breeding season it will move into drier grassland and savanna habitats,where it will take on its more drab, non-breeding attire.
We first recorded this common species in December 2009 while staying at one of our favourite places in the Midlands; Hartford House. Marievale Bird Sanctuary (near Nigel) is a great spot to get decent photographs of this vibrant bishop.