Pin Tailed Whydah
Pin Tailed Whydah
Pin Tailed Whydah

Pin Tailed Whydah

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The Pin-tailed Whydah is type of songbird with a small body size. Its scientific name is Vidua macroura. This bird is mostly found in the southern part of the Sahara Desert.

This Whydah is lives many open areas. These areas include the scrub, cultivation and open woodland.

The Pin-tailed Whydah has a length of approximately 12-13 cm. The tail of the breeding male is about 20 cm it therefore adds 20 cm to the body’s length. The adult male species has a crown and a back that are black in color. The wings are usually brown and have white patches. The head (except the crown) and the under body parts are all white. The bill of these species has a bright red color.

Non-breeding males and females have upperparts that are streaked brown. They also have under parts that are whitish with buff and blank face patterns. These kinds of species do not have the long tail extensions. However, the red bills are retained. Younger birds have grayish bills and are quite plain.

The male Pin-tailed Whydah is protective. A single male has many females in its species. The male has courtship displays which include moving around the female. The sounds of these birds are high pitched and involve rapid chirping and squeaking.

The diet of this species consists of seeds and grain.