Animal Stories - Pintail Whydah


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   These are fine birds to enjoy for their antics and the splendid breeding plumage of the male. The Pintail Whydah is one of the most common forms of Whydah available.
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Jeanne - 2010-08-09
We live in Tustin, CA and we have at least two pin tailed Whydah males and four females, duskier color on wings and no long tail. They frequent the ground under the finch feeders, are somewhat aggressive to other birds, but also have a much lower startle threshold than the Lesser Goldfinch. They arrive in the early morning or late afternoon and we can tell when they are in the area as they have a sort of high pitched shriek, unlike the twitter of the native finches. They are beautiful, but I am concerned that if they are parasitic breeders, they might compete heavily with our native birds.

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  • melinda - 2010-08-10
    Would you have a photo of the female whydah? I would like to be able to id the female. Thanks.
  • Jana Palermo - 2010-08-12
    Hi Jeanne:

    I live in Anaheim Hills, CA and just saw one at my bird feeders for the first time. Are they escaped exotics?

    "Jana"
  • Marilyn Martin - 2011-08-28
    Probably someone was breeding them and they got away, I purchased mine at the chino swap meet, I love him he sings so pretty.
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Marilyn Martin - 2011-08-28
Marilyn Martin - 2011-08-28
I purchased a Pintail Whydah at the Chino Swap Meet on Euclid & Riverside in Chino, CA. I just love him, he has the prettiest singing sounds and not obnoxious sounding, he was only $30, I actually prefer him over a canary now, I also have a canary, Green Singer and European Goldfinch, all singing birds. So far my Goldfinch hasn't sang at all since I purchased him over a month ago? Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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    Anonymous - 2010-09-10
    A pin-tailed whydah has taken up residence in our Yorba Linda, Ca back yard, and is very territorial, chasing all other birds away from the feeders. I have had to set up other feeding areas so the other birds can feast.



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    • Marilyn Martin - 2011-08-28
      I purchased a Pintail Whydah at the Chino Swap Meet on Euclid & Riverside in Chino, CA. I just love him, he has the prettiest sounds and not obnoxious sounding, he was only $30, I actually prefer him over a canary now, I also have a canary, Green Singer and European Goldfinch, all singing birds. So far my Goldfinch hasn't sang at all since I purchased him over a month ago? Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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    Denise - 2011-08-24
    A male came to eat seed at my Brandon Florida home 2 x in the past week. perhaps more.. TODAY, I think he had a female and juvi with him.. Is the female multi-brown with same bright orange beak???

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-25
      Yep she is more tannish and brownish. Congratulations.
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    C. Blackledge - 2011-08-15
    I was recently given a whydah pintail and a society finch that had been paired up, by a breeder who was "looking to get out of the finches". Will this pair even possably work? I'm just curiouse because it's impossable to find a male much less a female whydah where I live. Just let me know your opinion or any advice you have. Thank You.

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    • Leila Peters - 2011-08-16
      I dont think this will ever work out - as they are totally different. The male has usually that long tail-plumage and the female has'nt . These birds are normally seen in the wild flying across fields on the highway. I wonder if this one isnt a wild-caught one. I have'nt come across a person who breeds pintail whydas. Good luck.
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-16
      All have an opinion but according to several articles on the Internet, the various finches will cross breed. I looked up the Pintail specifically and there are many examples of cross breeding this finch. If you do not wish to have them cross breed - you will have to separate them. Good luck and enjoy either way. Some say "never cross bred" and others say go ahead. Some pups are achieved - some bunnies also by mixed breeds.
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    Donna - 2011-08-03
    We saw this bird near our "finch feeder" (niger seed) in the early evening on 8-3-11. We were intrigued by its plumage and relatively small size. Is it a member of the finch family and is it likely to be a former pet?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-04
      You are the third person who has written in - within two weeks that has seen one of these outside in their bird feeder. Wish I knew where you all lived. I can't imagine this wasn't someones pet. He is by himself and hasn't gone into a flock of any type. He obviously doesn't have a flock . He is by himself. I just think it has to be someones pet.
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    Carol Asper - 2011-07-23
    I've seen a male in my yard in Chino Hills several times the last week. July, 2011

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
      Awesome
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    B.E.S. - 2011-07-07
    i was wondering how much does one of these birds cost?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-07
      Now if you live in Australia - they are expensive but the good news here is they are usually sold in pairs and the pairs runs approximatly $150.00. Have fun they are cute. I have a little American Goldfinch that keeps coming in the house. Actually there is a flock that flies around and comes down to eat the flowers and some sunflower kernels I put out. This one little guy flew in the house. You could pick him up and pet him. A little strange.
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    B.C.S. - 2009-10-22
    Thanks for your site. Now I finally know what bird this is. I live in Milton,FL and have seen this bird at my feeders for three years. True to other comments, it is very aggressive... and beautiful.

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    • Kathy Rogers - 2010-10-09
      Hi there, I just read your note about the Pintail. I just bought one from Ivys here in Pensacola, guess we are almost neighbors. I did not know they were wild this far north. I would think the cold would kill them, well good luck with you visitor...Kathy 10/9/10
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    Steve R. - 2010-09-28
    We live in Fullerton, CA and have had a male Pintail Whydah visit our yard every Summer since 2007. When he has the long tail feathers in late Summer, he stands up to all the other birds. After the tail feathers are shed, he seems to hang out more with the local finches.

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