Pin-tailed Whydah

Male pin-tailed whydah

In their breeding plumage male pin-tailed whydahs have impressive tails that can measure 20cm, almost twice the length of the bird’s body. Outside of the breeding season the male has brown plumage and resembles the female. Like the cuckoo these finches lay their eggs in the nests of other birds but unlike the cuckoo the whydah chicks are reared alongside the chicks of the host.

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