Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura
Pin-tailed Whydah, Kakum, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

Kakum, Ghana
May 2011

The Pin-tailed Whydah is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara and is found in open habitats such as savanna, farmland and gardens.

The male's extraordinary tail plays a major part in the elaborate display flight that it makes from a few favoured perches. This can attract a series of females who then, being brood parasites, lay their eggs in the nests of waxbills and other finch species.

The song is a series of high-pitched tsips.

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