Shaft-tailed whydah
Appearance
Breeding male of this species has black and buff plumage (not black and white as in breeding male Pin-tailed Whydah) and has diagnostic spatulate tips to its elongated tail feathers.
Female and non-breeding male have streaked head markings, not the bold black stripes of the similarly plumaged Pin-tailed Whydah.
Habitat
Grassy areas in thornveld. Parasitises Violet-eared Waxbill.
Call
Harsh 'Tseet-tseet-tseet', given by displaying males.

Names
(en) Shaft-tailed whydah
(sc) Vidua regia
(nl) Koningswida
(af) Pylstertrooibekkie