Watercolour in my “An Artist’s Nature Journal” – Bockingford 300gsm –
10″ × 12″
The Red Bishop is a native from Africa, the sub-tropical regions, being spotted frequently in a wide range territory, from South of the Sahara to South Africa. It inhabits grasslands near water and eats seeds. They are very territorial bird that defend their nest to the death. Outside the breeding season they are shy birds that usually don’t get into fights.
They have high-pitched vocalizations but they don´t have songs. To attract the female, the male performs a dance and squeaks loudly, as well as hanging from the nest, fluttering his wings to catch her attention. He is a nest builder of note and my Cocos Plumosa palm in my garden suffers greatly under his onslaught every spring! as he prepares several nests for the female to choose from.
“My garden” refers to my little piece of African soil here in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, a mostly indigenously planted area, more with animals, birds and insects in mind than beautiful flower borders. It is home to a vast number of birds, small mammals, insects, reptiles and rodents, and the indigenous grasses are not mowed in certain areas, offering housing, protection and food to all visitors, great and small.