Long-tailed Widowbird

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These common widowbirds can’t be missed in summer, when their drab brown appearance transforms into a magnificent display of black, white and red. The long-tailed males can be seen flying awkwardly over their grassland habitats, as they defend their territory and drag along their 20cm long tail feathers.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Irene and Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel are excellent spots to photograph these majestic birds.


Long-tailed Widowbird / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, Sou th Africa / December 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / December 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / December 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, Sou th Africa / December 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / March 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird – Male & Breeding / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 02 October 2010 Long-tailed Widowbird / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / December 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / December 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / December 2018 Long-tailed Widowbird / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, Gauteng, South Africa / October 2017 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon, South Africa / 18 January 2014 Long-tailed Widowbird –  male & non breeding / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 06 May 2011 Long-tailed Widowbird / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 05 October 2013 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird – Male & Breeding / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 02 October 2010 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird – Male & Breeding / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 02 October 2010 Rietvlei Nature Reserve_Jan 2011 (2) SM Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 29 July 2011 Long-tailed-Widowbird_Devon,-South-Africa_18-Janaury-2014-SM Long-tailed Widowbird / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 05 October 2013 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / 28 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird – Male & Breeding / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 02 October 2010 Long-tailed Widowbird – Non Breeding / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 12 June 2010 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 05 October 2013 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015 Long-tailed Widowbird – Non Breeding / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 30 May 2010 Long-tailed Widowbird / Devon Roadside Routes, South Africa / 15 February 2015
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