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Long-tailed Paradise Whydah

Afrikaans name: Gewone Paradysvink

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Long-tailed Paradise Whydah

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A Long-tailed Paradise Whydah in iMfolozi Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Vidua paradisaea

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.

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