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Pin-Tailed Whydah

Pin-Tailed Whydah
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/4, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-28 6:09
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Points: 4
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12-13 cm in length, tail adds another 20cm to this. Adult male - black back and crown, and a very long black tail, dark brown wings with white patches, underparts, head, are white. The bill is bright red.

The female and non-breeding male - streaked brown upperparts, whitish underparts with buff flanks, buff and black face pattern. They lack the long tail extension.

Africa south of the Sahara Desert; however, feral population from introduced individuals are sometimes found, e.g., in Puerto Rico and Singapore.

This is a monotypic species, however, a second subspecies arenosa is sometimes recognized.

Open habitats including open woodland, scrub and cultivation.

It is a brood parasite laying its eggs in the nests of estrildid finches, especially waxbills. In South Africa, the primary host is Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild. In Puerto Rico, only introduced species are parasitized, none of the natives. 2-4 white eggs are added to those already present.

The diet includes seeds and grain.

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Excellent pictureThank you for sharing it
Ali .

hello Ang,
very nice photo.
perfect composition.
good contrast.

Best Regards,
Mehran Jahangiri.

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