Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura


Male Pin-tailed Whydahs are highly distinctive birds in breeding plumage, principally clad in black and white, with a red bill, and long tail plumes. Non-breeding males and females are similar in warm brown above, with a red bill, and black-and-white facial stripes. The species is a native of sub-Saharan Africa, where it is widely distributed, but in the Neotropics it is confined to the West Indies, and specifically the island of Puerto Rico, where it was probably introduced (apparently from Senegal) sometime in the 1960s, although the first reported sighting was not until 1971. It is currently an uncommon and local resident throughout the coastal plains, although there are also observations from the interior mountains.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: