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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Long-tailed Paradise Whydah

Afrikaans name: Gewone Paradysvink

A Long-tailed Paradise Whydah in iMfolozi Game Reserve

A male Long-tailed Paradise Whydah

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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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 35

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 115

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 82

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 224

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 413

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 769

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 768

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 426

List of South African Birds

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