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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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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.
I live in Puerto Rico and here on this island the Pintail Whydah is a very common finch. I paid just $15.00 in a pet store for one of them. I heard that they lay eggs in the Society Finch nest. I have mine living with Societies and I'll find him a female to see what happens. Thanks for the information and something new about this finch!
We discovered a male Pin-Tailed Whydah at our local petstore. He looked very unhappy in a cage full of Zebra Finches, so we took him home with us. He was an expensive little guy and we enjoy him very much. We are hoping to find a female for him.
MRS D TAYLOR
WE HAVE JUST FOUND THIS WONDERFUL IF A LITTLE BOSY AND VERY MESSY BIRD IN OUR GARDEN ( WE LIVE IN WARWICKSHIRE ENGLAND) WE HAVE A MALE,AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR A HOME FOR HIM!!
For the past 2 summers we have had a pintail whydah visiting our garden. It is a very bossy bird. It will not allow other birds to feed and chases them away like a policeman. We have no need for an alarm as it constantly pecks on our windows from about 05h30! Lesley from Benoni in South Africa.
Here in Puerto Rico, I place in my backyard finch mixture seeds to the seed eaters little birds in the wild. Little doves, big ones, gray grasskeet, yellow grasskeet, spice birds, etc. coming to eat.
Back to four months ago a new little bird start to coming to dinner. Cream stripes and light brown in color. Later, I saw that black and white beautiful bird start to appear to eating seeds, I supposed it another finch (I heard about this bird with long tail before, but I never saw one, very agressive toward the other birds, when they coming to eat. I start to look for information and I found it here
is a Pintail Wydah, who live and raise family here in the island of Puerto Rico. How they survice here, I don't know. It's wonderful. In my backyard I have planted berries, fruits, flowers (reds) and every day I placed in the floor finch seed mixture and water. I became a birdwatcher in my own backyard.
Thank you so much for the info you have been able to give me, and it will be a great help for my son, Colin.