Pin-tailed Whydah

Vidua macroura

This black and white brood parasite, with its red bill and long, wispy tail, is found in a variety of open habitats including savanna, grassland, scrub, parks and gardens. Its main host species is common waxbill but it is also parasitises orange-breasted and swee waxbills.

We first recorded this fiesty, little whydah in December 2009 while visiting our family in Ocean View on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal. It is a regular visitor to the garden’s bird bath during the summer months.


Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / November 2016 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah (female) / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah (male) / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / December 2018 Pin-tailed-Drakensberg-Sun-198 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah (male) / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / December 2018 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed-Drakensberg-Sun-194 Pin-tailed Whydah (female) / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah (female) / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / November 2016 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah (female) / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah (male) / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / December 2018 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / November 2016 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah / Drakensberg Sun, Central Drakensberg, South Africa / December 2017 Pin-tailed Whydah – male / Ocean View, South Coast, KZN, South Africa / 17 November 2012 Pintailed Whydah / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 17 January 2015 Pin-tailed Whydah / Kololo Game Reserve, South Africa / 23 November 2013 Pin-tailed Whydah (male) / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / December 2018 Pin-tailed Whydah / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa Pin-tailed Whydah / Umngazi River Bungalows, Eastern Cape, South Africa Pin-tailed Whydah / Kaapsehoop, South Africa / 9 August 2010 Pin-tailed Whydah / Umngazi River Bungalows, Eastern Cape, South Africa Pintailed Whydah (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 17 January 2015 Pin-tailed Whydah / Mabula Game Lodge, Waterberg, South Africa / 07 January 2015 Pin-tailed Whydah / Kololo Game Reserve, South Africa / 23 November 2013 Pin-tailed Whydah – male / Ocean View, South Coast, KZN, South Africa / 17 November 2012 Pin-tailed Whydah / Umngazi River Bungalows, Eastern Cape, South Africa Pin-tailed Whydah / Mabula Game Lodge, Waterberg, South Africa / 07 January 2015 Pin-tailed Whydah / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / November 2016 Pin-tailed Whydah – male / Ocean View, South Coast, KZN, South Africa / 17 November 2012 Pin-tailed Whydah – male / Ocean View, South Coast, KZN, South Africa / 17 November 2012 Pin-tailed Whydah – male / Ocean View, South Coast, KZN, South Africa / 17 November 2012 Pin-tailed Whydah / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa Pin-tailed Whydah – male / Ocean View, South Coast, KZN, South Africa / 17 November 2012 Pin-tailed Whydah / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / November 2016 Pin-tailed Whydah – male / Hluhluwe Game Reserve, KZN, South Africa / 17 March 2011 Pin-tailed Whydah – male / Ocean View, South Coast, KZN, South Africa / 17 November 2012
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