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Paradise Whydah

 (other names: Widow bird, Eastern Paradise-Whydah)

Paradise Whydah
origin:East Africa
life expectancy:10 years
scientific name:Vidua paradisaea
family:Viduidae
dimensions:13 to 40 cm
compatibility: goodsinging ability: good
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History [ edit ]

Whydahs were first discovered by Portuguese sailors that brought them to Europe from the Widah port of Africa. This group of birds is a brood parasite, since whydahs hide their eggs in other species´ nest, especially finches, leaving them with the tasks of raising the babies.

The Paradise Whydahs takes advantage of the Waxbills´ parenting talents. Because the offspring of the Whydahs are bigger and louder, some of the times, the foster parents feed them in detriment of their own and let these starve to death. Other times Whydahs offspring, due to their size, may push their “adoption brothers” out of the nest.

Paradise Whydahs live throughout Eastern Africa in flocks. They are very gregarious outside breeding season, but when this period approaches they tend to be more aggressive and territorially and split in pairs. However, since they don’t have to look after their offspring, they tend to have multiple partners in each season.

This specie is present in 26 African countries and it is though to be common in it´s natural habitat.
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