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Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura © Trevor Hardaker http://www.hardaker.co.za

According to the IOC there are 20 species in the family Viduidae; they are:

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

Cuckoo Weaver Anomalospiza imberbis

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Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura


Widely distributed throughout eastern Africa. Found in woodlands, open savanna, and cultivated areas in conjunction with their usual breeding hosts, the Common waxbill, Estrilda astrild…

Shaft-tailed Whydah Vidua regis


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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 20