The name long-tailed paradise whydah can also refer to the exclamatory paradise whydah (Vidua interjecta).



The long-tailed paradise whydah or eastern paradise whydah (Vidua paradisaea) is a small brown sparrow-like bird of Eastern Africa, from eastern South Sudan to southern Angola. During the breeding season the male moults into breeding plumage that consists of a black head and back, rusty brown breast, bright yellow nape, and buffy white abdomen with broad, elongated black tail feathers up to 36 cm long (approximately three times the length of its body). Males and females are almost indistinguishable outside of the breeding season.

It is a brood parasite to the green-winged pytilia. Male long-tailed paradise whydahs imitate the song of the male green-winged pytilia. The whydah chicks are larger and louder than the host chicks, so the foster parents will give them more attention than their own chicks.

Although difficult to breed in captivity because of their brood parasitic nature, these finches, particularly the males, are sold as pets in the United States and other countries. When breeding these birds in captivity, a single male is usually given access to multiple females and each female needs access to multiple active green-winged pytilia nests.

Widespread throughout its large range, the long-tailed paradise whydah is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.



Eastern Paradise-Whydah
Date Location Count
2021-02-25 07:32Etosha NP--Fischer's Pan Loop2
2021-02-24 05:29Okavango Delta--Mombo/Little Mombo Camp1
2021-02-28 08:51Chobe River--west of Kasane
2021-02-21 08:18Moroto (Village)1
2021-02-20 08:56Lower Zambezi NP15
2021-02-26 09:05South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge2
2021-02-26 14:31Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate1
2021-02-26 07:26Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve3
2021-02-27 18:21Marakele NP3
2021-02-05 07:30Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)1
2021-02-11 09:40Houtrivier Dam1
2021-02-27 08:49Rietvlei Nature Reserve2
2021-02-13 12:54Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve1
2021-02-09 12:44Kruger NP--Nyalaland Trail Camp1
2021-02-19 05:16Kruger NP--Punda Maria Camp1
2021-02-20 04:57Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River1
2021-02-18 16:26Kruger NP--S601
2021-02-11 05:13Singita Ebony Lodge1
2021-02-08 05:26Kruger NP--S90 (H1-4 to S41)2
2021-02-10 05:15Mala-Mala Game Reserve4
2021-02-06 21:06Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp1
2021-02-07 09:51Kruger NP--Tshokwane1
2021-02-06 05:16Kruger NP--Old Tshokwane Rd/S1281
2021-02-05 12:08Kruger NP--S25 (east)1
2021-02-04 05:32Manyoni GR (please be more specific)6
2021-02-22 15:25Phinda GR