The Long-tailed Paradise Whydah is found in the north-eastern regions of South Africa and all the way up to Ethiopia.
This Whydah is normally found in savanna or woodland areas.
During summer the male Long-tailed Paradise Whydahs develop their long tails and they get their stunning breeding colours. During winter they have a drab brown plumage like the females.
The main food of this bird is grass seeds but they do eat a few insects as well.
The Long-tailed Paradise Whydah is a brood parasite. The female lays her eggs in the nest of a host species such as the Violet-eared Waxbill or Green-winged Pytilia.