Montane widowbird

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Montane widowbird
Moutain Marsh Widowbird flying.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ploceidae
Genus: Euplectes
Species: E. psammacromius
Binomial name
Euplectes psammacromius
(Reichenow, 1900)
Synonyms

Pentethria psammocromia lapsus

The montane widowbird (Euplectes psammacromius), also known as the mountain marsh widowbird is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae, which is native to the eastern Afrotropics.

Range and habitat[edit]

It is an endemic resident of the eastern Afromontane grasslands. It occurs in northeast Zambia, northern Malawi and the highlands of southwestern Tanzania.

Description[edit]

Like all widowbirds the male and female plumages differ prominently during breeding season. In the breeding season males moult into a black breeding plumage, which includes long tail feathers and yellow shoulder patches (these patches retain a discrete appearance during the non-breeding period). Outside the breeding season the sexes are similar in appearance, both having speckled brown and black plumage.

Behaviour[edit]

During this period males defend territories in the early morning after sunrise and in the evening before sunset.

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