The Pin-Tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura) is a common, widespread Sub-Saharan African bird.
The Pin-Tailed Whydah has a red beak, black cap and face, white collar and underparts, with black upperparts. It has a long white wing patch and white rump. It has an extremely long black tail, with four tail feathers.
It can grow to 33 centimetres (13 inches) tall.
The Pin-Tailed Whydah likes forests and wooded savannahs.
It does not build a nest. It uses the nest of other birds, such as waxbills and finches. Females lay only one egg.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM