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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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Our pin-tailed Whydah first appeared in August of 2009. It returned June 27, 2010 at our bird feeder, on the ground. There were two of them last year. There were two on Sunday, June 27, 2010, but only one has been here the last couple of days. He hangs out with two Fox sparrows. He is also aggressive to other birds. We last saw him this morning, June 30, 2010.
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Mary O. -
We saw our first ever Whydah at our feeder June 27, 2010 at 1pm when we got home from church. We live in Jacksonville, FL and was wondering where you saw him on the same day. He stayed at our feeder nearly all day,every day until July 1, and since then has come in the afternoon only, and once a day.
Margie S. -
Mary O., I live in Fullerton, Ca. Since that date one has returned at least a dozen times. I think there are 2-3 female Whydahs that have been ground feeding under the bird feeder. They are not there the same time as the male whydah, as not as frequently.
We saw our first today! The site of this bird with the beautiful long tail feathers had me running to the computer to find out what he was. I see Mary O. has seen one here in Jacksonville, FL as well. When is their breeding season? I am hoping to see a female so we have little ones around. Thanks for the info on feeding as I will now make his favorites more available to him.
susan ebbinghouse -
I just figured out what I saw here in Jacksonville on September 12th. How cool. It flew on to the top of the bird feeder pole and then flew to the birdbath and took a bath for a few minutes. I just had a neighbor ask me if I saw the unusual bird. I read that the lose their tails once a year. Now I realize I saw one this past spring without the long tail. Yeah, I finally know what I saw. Exciting. Susan from Jacksonville, FL.
Just saw a male pin tailed whydah in Anaheim Hills. August 3, 2010.
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Deborah S -
We have had a male pin tailed whydah in our backyard for two years. He is quite entertaining. The poor fellow just needs a mate. He's all by himself.
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?
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.
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