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Pictures of Paradise Wydahs

Paradise Wydah


Paradise Wydah

Paradise Wydah
Paradise Wydah pictures (Steganura paradisaea), native to most parts of Africa.

Paradise Whydahs are sociable outside of the breeding season, but become less so as the breeding season progresses. They remain in small loose flocks at the start of the breeding season but gradually separate into paris. The Paradise Wydah is easily recognized by its very long, rather heavy tail, which is only present in breeding males and makes its flight look rather clumsy and awkward. Outside of the breeding season, it loses the striking black and gold coloration, becoming a somewhat indistinct little brown bird, but with bold black streaks on its head. This species is both polygamous and parasitic in its breeding biology. One male might mat ewith 10 or 12 females in a breeding season.

They lay their eggs in other birds' nests, usually the Green-winged Pytilia, and let the host feed their children.