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Post  FinchG on Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:56 pm

Whydahs - Are slowly becoming a more recognizable finch to most visitors to the local shows I attend. They are small and beautiful little birds. What has drawn people to them is the males plumage during the breeding season. The males will grow a very long fancy tail, often twice the body length when they're full grown. The most commonly found Whydah is the Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura).

What people don't realize is that these birds are very aggressive and they are brood-parasitic finches. Whydahs do not rear their own young. They lay their eggs in Waxbills nests, Most commonly in St. Helena Waxbills nests, but most any Waxbill will do. The Waxbills are left to the task of hatching and raising the Whydahs young. Some of the Whydahs will crack the Waxbill eggs to ensure their young have the best chance of survival.

Being a bird of the tropics as the Waxbills are, Whydahs need to be kept in a warm, draft free environment. and will enjoy some sunlight. Feeding a Whydah is like feeding a Waxbill. Coming from the same areas and needing Waxbills to raise their young, this makes sense. They will need plenty of cage space to fly around, especially during the breeding season. You don't want that beautiful tail getting tattered or plucked off.


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