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
2020-02-03 07:45Chobe NP (Please be more specific)1
2020-02-23 07:27Chobe Game Lodge3
2020-02-22 06:04Imbabala Safari Camp4
2020-02-17 05:45Zambezi NP1
2020-02-24 06:43Serengeti NP--Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp1
2020-02-20 14:07Hwange National Park--Hwange Main Camp2
2020-02-09 14:33Serengeti NP--Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge3
2020-02-12 10:33Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate1
2020-02-19 07:15Tarangire NP--Lemiyon Circuit Grasslands1
2020-02-14 06:16Tarangire NP--Matete Picnic Site2
2020-02-23 07:00Tarangire NP2
2020-02-14 11:15Ruaha NP2
2020-01-28 08:30Magongo Hills1
2020-02-23 10:32Shambarai Plateau2
2020-02-22 05:24Marakele NP
2020-02-08 10:00Mkomazi NP2
2020-02-04 08:31Wolfhuiskraal to Kgomo-Kgomo1
2020-02-25 16:40Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch2
2020-02-09 06:04Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific)
2020-02-23 06:30Bronkhorstspruit Dam3
2020-02-01 10:42Selous Game Reserve--Roho Ya Selous2
2020-02-04 15:37Selous Game Reserve--Lake Manze1
2020-02-21 05:34Kruger NP--Mahonie Loop/S991
2020-02-21 09:59Kruger NP--Punda Gate Road/H13-11
2020-02-21 12:33Kruger NP--Mphongolo Loop1
2020-02-25 10:28Umbabat NR--Ingwelala1
2020-02-16 05:31Kruger NP--S441
2020-02-24 05:15Kruger NP--Pretoriuskop Rest Camp2
2020-02-16 04:00Kruger NP--Voortrekker Rd/H2-2
2020-02-13 05:27Kruger NP--S1121
2020-01-30 08:15Kruger NP--Lower Sabie-Nkuhlu Road (H4-1)2