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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Nancy - 2010-08-24
We have a pintail also. He hangs out on my kitchen windowsill and cheeps at us. He's a constant source of amusement for us and our 3 cats who get up on the chest & watch him. I don't know where he came from or why. I have put up a feeder with small seeds and he eats from that. Also water in the windowsill. I also wonder where a lady is? This is the second time he has visited, and he has been here 10 days now. Anyone know how/why they find us?

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M Antonelli - 2010-08-03
We saw our Pintail Whydah (male) on July 12, 2010 in Whittier, Ca. He has visited EVERY day (today is Aug 3, 2010)--both morning and early evening--chasing birds from our hanging feeder. He jumps to the ground to catch a seed for himself now and then, but spends most of his energy protecting "his" bottle brush tree. His distinct call is beautiful, and he has definitely moved in. What a gift! Hope he has a mate somewhere.

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Mike Hendrix - 2009-09-07
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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  • :) - 2010-05-05
    I <3 Pensacola!:) And the pintail
  • Randall Vaughan - 2010-07-31
    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?
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Barbara Perrin - 2010-04-25
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!

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Pete W. - 2009-08-17
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.

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Rene Pina - 2009-07-21
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.

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J.V. - 2009-07-10
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.

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Kay Bennett - 2008-09-30
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

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Diane - 2008-07-19

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



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Barbara - 2008-07-09
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

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