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Photo by UlfL
Goudel, Niger, September 2007
Euplectes afer


10 cm (4 in)
Breeding male

  • Black plumage
  • Fluffy yellow crown, back rump, flanks and under tail-coverts

Non-breeding male and female

  • White undersides, streaking on flanks
  • Buffy-yellow eye brow

When the feathers are not puffed out, it looks slimmer and smaller

Photo by leon
Pilansberg, South Africa, January 2004


Africa, south of the Sahara.

There is a large population of introduced birds in Portugal



Euplectes afer has three subspecies:[1]

  • E. a. afer
  • E. a. strictus: narrow black nape band and all black underparts
  • E. a. taha: a broader black band and yellow feathers on the breast sides


Flooded grassland, lakesides and reed beds, breeding in the wetter spots.



Their diet consists mostly of grass seeds; however captive birds also eat items such as meal worms and caterpillars.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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