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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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9-7-09 A single male pin tailed whydah was spotted in Pensacola, FL (Cordova Park subdivision). At first I thought it was a sissors tail flycatcher but closer examination revealed a noticably smaller bird with a bright red bill and white wing bars. Additionally, this bird would fly to the ground and feed then return to its purch on a power line. Exact location was corner of Hallmark Dr & Beacon Rd. visible from Hallmark Drive.
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I <3 Pensacola!:) And the pintail
Randall Vaughan -
To our great surprise we spotted this beautiful bird in our yard about 4 days ago. We live off E. Johnson Ave. in Belle Meadow subdivision. Where did they come from?
I first spotted "our" pintailed whydah in our backyard in Orange, Ca 2 years ago. Had no idea what he was but immediately noticed his unusual and aggressive behavior. I took a few pics of him and confirmed his identity with an ornithologist friend. Even though So Cal weather is rather mild, he has migrated the last 2 winters and just returned to out backyard today! What an enjoyable bird to watch and listen!
We live just outside of Milwaukee. This beautiful bird has been in our neighborhood for several weeks, very aggressively chasing other birds away from feeders. He must be a pet who got away. Now his long tail has disappeared, making him harder to spot. I'm afraid that if he isn't caught, he'll never make it through a Wisconsin winter.
I live in Anaheim Hills and have had a male Pintail Whydah at my feeders for a few weeks. He is very vocal, and not overly afraid of me when out in the yard or filling feeders. He does seem very interested in the other finches and follows a few around, but I have not been able to determine if any of them are actually female Whydahs.
I live in Milton, Fla. I have a friend that has spotted a bird that resembles a pintail whydah eating from her feeder, it looks close to the one in the photo she took. I should hear from her soon if this is the bird. My sister and I heard him singing in the trees when we came to visit, hoping to see it. My friend tells me he runs off all the other birds from the feeder and wards off the mocking birds.
In late August I spotted this strange bird at my backyard bird feeder. I spent many hours on the computer looking to identify him. Not knowing the name of the bird, it was very difficult and time consuming. I finally discovered it was the Pin-tailed Whydah. I have since spotted a young one and a female. There are two males but one has recently lost his long tail. I live in Tampa, Fl, so this was an unusual sighting, I think. K. Bennett
We are just beginning birders, so when a strange little bird appeared in our garden - at our birdfeeder, three days ago, our inexperience sent us for help to someone with some bird knowledge. And guess what! He is one of the beautiful pintail whydahs, a male in breeding plumage. We live in Villa Park, CA, and I hope that he hangs around for a while. He is delightful! Diane 07/19/2008
I also live in Tustin CA and am being visited daily by a Pin-Tailed Whydah finch. He is indeed bossy and noisy but fun to watch. Barbara
A flock of pintail whydahs returned to our garden in November, making it the third year in a row they've wintered here. Along with a dozen or so females and possible juveniles, there's at least one male who is changing from breeding plumage -- he's lost his long tail feathers but still has a lot of black and white. Before they left last spring we had two males in full breeding plumage. I live in Tustin in Southern California, and I wonder if mine are the same ones mentioned by PK.
I just discovered the name of this funny flying bird. He has visited my Southern California garden for the past two summers. Arriving in July and this year is still here (Oct). I also have seen a female and a non breeding male. The breeding male I think is attracted to a bird I haven't identifed yet. Hoping to snatch a picture soon.