1900Stark & SclaterBirds of S. Afr.I. 127In winter the Bishop Birds collect in flocks sometimes numbering thousands of individuals.
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 118The Red Bishop-Bird or Kaffir-fink (P[yromelana]oryx), too well known in its brilliant plumage of orange-scarlet and black to need any description.
1937M. AlstonWanderings 84The particular joys of this spot were..the scarlet bishop-birds on an island, absorbed in weaving their nests, and, like leaping flames, flying backwards and forwards from the mainland.
1950E.L. GillFirst Guide to S. Afr. Birds 30Yellow Bishop-bird, A larger bird..than the Red Kaffir-vink, with..shining yellow in place of scarlet.
1961Redwing (St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown) 17In one vlei close to our house thousands of red bishop birds used to nest every summer; however, fires have burnt off most of the reeds and last year I didn’t find a single bishop bird’s nest.
1970G.J. Broekhuysen inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.II. 345The weavers, the Cape weaver for instance, or the red bishop-bird, build a very complicated nest like a closed basket, which sometimes has a short tubular entrance.
1986L.B. Hall inStyle July 97From the bushes red bishop birds rise up in fright, like small flying embers.
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