Fan-tailed widowbird

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Fan-tailed widowbird
Euplectes axillaris, Linunga, Birding Weto, a.jpg
Fan-tailed Widowbird, Ngorongoro Crater (8495891608).jpg
Breeding males of races E. a.
and E. a. phoeniceus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ploceidae
Genus: Euplectes
Species: E. axillaris
Binomial name
Euplectes axillaris
(Smith, 1838)

The fan-tailed widowbird (Euplectes axillaris), also known as the red-shouldered widowbird, is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae, which is native to grassy and swampy areas of the tropical and subtropical Afrotropics.


It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Male E. a. phoeniceus in eclipse plumage


There are five accepted races:[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Euplectes axillaris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Craig, A. "Fan-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes axillaris)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 

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