Long-tailed Paradise-whydah (Vidua paradisaea) - HBW 15, p. 221
French: Veuve de paradis
Spanish: Viuda del Paraíso
Other common names: (East African/Eastern) Paradise Whydah, African/Acacia Paradise Whydah, Long-tailed Paradise Widow
Taxonomy: Emberiza paradisaea Linnaeus, 1758, Africa = Angola.
Formerly considered conspecific with V. obtusa, V. orientalis, V. interjecta and V. togoensis, and all sometimes placed in a separate genus Steganura. Molecular-genetic data, however, indicate that present species and V. obtusa are sister-species; not closest to V. orientalis, despite fact that the two are both song mimics and brood parasites of Melba Finch (Pytilia melba). Occasional hybridization recorded with indigobirds (species undetermined). Monotypic.
Distribution: SE Sudan, Ethiopia (absent Ogaden desert and E Bale), Somalia (W of 47° E), E DRCongo (Ruzizi Valley, in Kivu), E Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and from W & S Angola and S Zambia E to Malawi and Mozambique and S to C Namibia, C & SE Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and N & NE South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male in a tree Locality Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
ANTHONY VILLAUME 11 April 2013 8 weeks ago 25 sec 4.3
An adult male in breeding plumage drinking Locality Nanyangacor, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan (Monotypic species)
Marc de Bont 2 July 2004 6 years ago 39 sec 4.1
A male in breeding plumage in a tree and flying away Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 28 November 2005 7 years ago 12 sec 4
A female attending a feeder. Locality Parc Pairi Daiza (Paradisio), Cambron-Casteau, Brugelette, Hainaut Province, Belgium (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 June 2010 2 years ago 23 sec 3.9
A male perched in a tree, eventually flying away. Locality Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 15 February 2012 42 weeks ago 24 sec 3.8
A male perched in a tree Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Jean Hupperetz 30 November 2003 9 years ago 27 sec 3.5
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adult male perched
Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia
Marco Valentini 28 December 2012 21 weeks ago 4.3
Adult male perched
Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
Marco Valentini 4 February 2012 1 year ago 4
A male preening on a branch
Locality Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Krzysztof Blachowiak 24 March 2013 7 weeks ago 3.9
A close-up of a female on a feeder.
Locality Parc Pairi Daiza (Paradisio), Cambron-Casteau, Brugelette, Hainaut Province, Belgium (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 June 2010 2 years ago 3.4
Long-tailed / Eastern Paradise Whydah male coming into breeding plumage
Locality Liwonde National Park, Southern Region, Malawi
Jason Anderson 9 December 2012 24 weeks ago 3.3
Adult male in breeding plumage.
Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Ken Havard 10 November 2011 1 year ago 3.3
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