bishop, noun

Elliptical form of bishop-bird.
Note:
The elliptical form ‘bishop’ is now more common than ‘bishop-bird’ among bird-watchers, and is frequently used with distinguishing epithets.
1923 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 120The Golden Bishop..builds a similar nest to that of the Red Bishop.
1936 E.L. Gill First Guide to S. Afr. Birds 27Golden Bishop-bird, Taha Bishop.
[1953 D.A. Bannerman Birds W. & Equat. Afr. II. 1415When not breeding the Fire-crowned Bishops go about in small flocks.]
1980 J.O. Oliver Beginner’s Guide to our Birds 77Like the weavers, the bishop males are beautifully coloured...After breeding, the bishops leave their nesting places to winter elsewhere.
1984 G.L. Maclean Roberts’ Birds of Sn Afr. 733The technical difference between a bishop and a widow is that a male widow replaces its rectrices (tail feathers) in the pre-breeding moult, while a bishop does not...Red Bishop..Euplectes orix.
1984 G.L. Maclean Roberts’ Birds of Sn Afr. 734Firecrowned Bishop (Blackwinged Bishop)..Euplectes hordeaceus.
1984 G.L. Maclean Roberts’ Birds of Sn Afr. 735Golden Bishop..Euplectes afer.
Elliptical form of bishop-bird.

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