Yellow Crowned Bishop (Finch)
Description: The Yellow Crown Weaver or Yellow Crown Bishop (Euplectes afer) is a species of passerine bird in the family Ploceidae native to Africa south of the Sahara. It is highly sexually dimorphic in its breeding season, during which the male adopts a distinctive yellow and black plumage, contrasting with the female's predominantly brown coloration. The yellow-crowned bishop was first described by the German naturalist Johann Friedrich Gmelin in 1789. Alternate common names include Golden bishop, Napoleon bishop, Napoleon weaver, black-winged golden bishop, goudgeelvink (in Afrikaans), Napoleonwever (in Dutch), euplecte vorabé (in French), Napoleonweber (in German), and Obispo coronigualdo (in Spanish). The Weaver lives in flocks with both males and females. In non-breeding seasons the flocks may contain weavers and sparrows.
Size / Weight: 5.5" / 11 to 20 g
Temperament: When not breeding, these Yellow Crown Weaver birds for sale happily live in a mixed aviary with other birds of various sorts. When they come around to breeding time, the male can be defensive of his nests so needs to be monitored, especially if there are smaller birds in the enclosure. The problems mainly occur if the aviary is overcrowded or if there aren’t enough plants to make them feel safe and comfortable.
Breeding: Each male will build two or more oval nests with a top opening, attracting a female to each nest by flaring their yellow feathers and display flights. Nests are built among standing stems of grasses or sedges or shrubs. Bent over stems of live grass help hide the nest. The female will lay from two to four white eggs.
Diet: Classic Finch Seed, apples, insects