White-winged Widowbird

distribution of white-winged widowbird
Names, conservation status and distribution
white-winged widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus, euplectre a epaules blanches, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya, birds of tsavo
Tsavo West National Park
white-winged widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus, euplectre a epaules blanches, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya, birds of tsavo
Tsavo West National Park
white-winged widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus, euplectre a epaules blanches, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya, birds of tsavo
Tsavo West National Park
white-winged widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus, euplectre a epaules blanches, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya, birds of tsavo
Tsavo West National Park

white-winged widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus, euplectre a epaules blanches, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya, birds of tsavo
Tsavo West National Park
white-winged widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus, euplectre a epaules blanches, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya, birds of tsavo
Tsavo West National Park
white-winged widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus, euplectre a epaules blanches, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya, birds of tsavo
Tsavo West National Park
white-winged widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus, euplectre a epaules blanches, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya, birds of tsavo
Tsavo West National Park

The white-winged widowbird (Euplectes albonotatus) 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's yellow plumage turns dark and he gains more white feathers, contrasting with the female's predominantly pale coloration. Three subspecies are recognised. : E. a. eques (Hartlaub, 1863), or cinnamon-shouldered widowbird, inhabits the Central African Republic, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Its preferred habitats are savanna, grasslands and wetlands, as well as cultivated land.

The white-winged widowbird is polygynous, with one male mating with 3–4 females, and lives in flocks. Oval nests, built solely by the male, are located in the branches of trees or shrubs. Nesting takes place from November to May, peaking from December to March. The female will lay a clutch of two to four white eggs, which she will incubate for 12–14 days. Feeding of chicks is done by the female in the nest for 11–14 days, with chick independence coming 22–25 days later. This bird mainly eats grass seeds, nectar, and insects.

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