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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Whydahs

Scientific system: Howard et al.

Familia: Viduidae

You can get "Checklist of the Whydahs of Planet Earth" as an e-book here.

The family of Whydahs is native to sub-Saharan Africa. The body size including the elongated tail feathers in the males ranges from 10 cm to 43 cm. Whydahs are almost entirely granivorous. In search of food, they scratch the ground with both feet almost simultanously and then hop backwards and pick up the seeds. All species are brood parasites that do not build their own nests, but lay their eggs in the nests of other species; in Africa these are preferably Waxbills. Sometimes an egg of the host is exchanged, the young of both species are typically raised together.


     chalybeata - Village Indigobird (6)
     purpurascens - Purple Indigobird (1)
     raricola - Jambandu Indigobird (1)
     larvaticola - Barka Indigobird (1)
     funerea - Dusky Indigobird (1)
     codringtoni - Zambezi Indigobird (1)
     wilsoni - Wilson's Indigobird (1)
     nigeriae - Quailfinch Indigobird (1)
     maryae - Jos Plateau Indigobird (1)
     camerunensis - Cameroon Indigobird (1)
     macroura - Pin-tailed Whydah (6)
     hypocherina - Steel-blue Whydah (1)
     fischeri - Straw-tailed Whydah (2)
     regia - Shaft-tailed Whydah (4)
     paradisaea - Long-tailed Paradise Whydah (5)
     orientalis - Sahel Paradise Whydah (2)
     interjecta - Exclamatory Paradise Whydah (1)
     togoensis - Togo Paradise Whydah (1)
     obtusa - Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah (1)


     imberbis - Cuckoo Weaver (3)

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