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Pin-tailed Whydah

(vidua macroura)
The Pin-tailed Whydah is a common and widespread bird found through much of Africa, normally in savanna,grassland, scrub, parks and gardens. The male in breeding plumage has a spectacular long tail - in flight it looks like a flying exclamation mark. Non breeding males and females are a nodescript brown. Like Cuckoos, it is a parasitic species and will parasitise the nests of Waxbills, Pytilias nad Warblers.
Pin-tailed Whydah (female), Makokou, Gabon
Pin-tailed Whydah (female), Makokou, Gabon
Pin-tailed Whydah (male), Makokou, Gabon
Pin-tailed Whydah (male), Makokou, Gabon
Pin-tailed Whydah (male), Makokou, Gabon
Pin-tailed Whydah (male), Makokou, Gabon