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Red Stones Hills, Calitzdorp, Western Cape
South Africa


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 400 mm
Exposure 1/500 s, f/7.1, ISO 400 
Image size 567 x 667 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Passeriformes   Family  Viduidae

Deutsch  Dominikanerwitwe Dutch  Dominikanerwida
Italian  Vedova codaspillo Spanish  Viuda colicinta


The pin-tailed whydah occurs in much of sub-Saharan Africa, favouring grassland, scrubs and savannah, also coming into parks and gardens. In Portugal it is established in the region around Aveiro, with observations occurring north and south of it. The species is a brood parasite which lays its eggs in the nests of estrildid finches, especially waxbills. Unlike the common cuckoo, it does not destroy the host's eggs. Typically, 2-4 eggs are added to those already present. The eggs of both the host and the firefinch are white, although the whydah's are slightly larger. The nestling whydahs mimic the gape pattern of the fledglings of the host species. The male pin-tailed whydah is territorial, and one male often has several females in his small group. He has an elaborate courtship flight display, which includes hovering over the female to display his tail. The song is given from a high perch, and consists of rapid squeaking and churring. The diet of this species consists of seeds and grain.

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Pin-tailed Whydah
Vidua macroura
Veuve dominicaine