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This is the male Pin-tailed Whydah in full breeding plumage displaying to one of his females. He has an elaborate courtship flight display which includes hovering above the female to display his long tail feathers.

" Flaunting "

 

This is the male Pin-tailed Whydah in full breeding plumage displaying to one of his females. He has an elaborate courtship flight display which includes hovering above the female to display his long tail feathers.

comments (17)

Must be a pain to keep clean. Why Whydah? Is there a Pin-tailed Narrowah? Good picture.
Laurette Theron: Thank you Graeme. I don't think he has time to bath to busy displaying to females. Why they are called Whydahs i do not know. We have 4 different species of Whydahs in Southern Africa.
  • DEBB
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Apr 2011, 01:26
Brilliant photo.
Laurette Theron: Thank you kindly much appreciated.
I would be impressed with males hovering above displaying his long parts too. Excellent photo, Laurette
Laurette Theron: Thank you Mary. The longer the tail of the male is the more females he attracts because the females then know he has good genes.
Awesome! Talk about capturing the moment. I've never seen a finch with such an amazing tail.
Laurette Theron: Thank you kindly Alexandra for your view and comment much appreciated. The male has this long tail only in the breeding season which is in our summertime over here. In winter time he looks the same as the female . I have posted a photograph of the female earlier in the year.
Oh you caught this one very nicely Laurette, what an amazing tail it has.
Laurette Theron: Thank you very much Brian with time and practise it will get better. The male has an amazing tail during the breeding season. In wintertime he looks like the female .
Amazing they can actually get airborne with those hanging off the back! Lovely shot
Laurette Theron: Thank you Bill. The male often perches very low on a branch at it is amazing to see him get airborne. They are quite strong flyers for such a small little bird and with the long tail feathers following him in flight. It is a beautiful sight to see.
  • Alan
  • Yorkshire
  • 6 Apr 2011, 18:52
Amazing! Let;s hope all his efforts were rewarded. It's funny what the ale species will do to attract the females!
Laurette Theron: Thank you Alan. The male has a lot of females and the longer his tail is the more females he attracts . In the bird world it is usually the male that is adorned with beautiful plumage while the females are usually drab looking.
Lovely image of an exotic bird.
Laurette Theron: Thank you John they are amzing little birds. The male is very agressive towards other birds during breeding seaon, he truely has a heart of a lion. Would take on any bird at a feeding station no matter the size.
Fantastic looking bird and what a show off! Great capture Laurette smile
Laurette Theron: Thank you Linda. He is a real casanova with the females.
Aah I wondered when you were going to show the male, such a small bird but quite aggressive I have seen ours chase doves, weavers, sparrows you name it (oh except hadedah's). Hmm I guess the girls like that.
Laurette Theron: Thank you Rory. He is extremely aggresive at a feeding station. And the amazing thing is he is so small but the other birds move away from him when he throws one of his tantrums. Reckon his females love it .
what an unusual bird, must confess i have never seen anything like this. very graceful image
Laurette Theron: Thank you Ayush. The male is very graceful especially when he hovers by flapping his wings vigirously. The male only has these long tail feathers during the breeding season. In winter time he looks the same as the female a drab brownish colour.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 7 Apr 2011, 09:30
marvelous, never seen one before, what a tale...
Laurette Theron: Thank you Chantal. The male has an amazing tail and the longer his tailfeathers are the more females he will attract.
nice
bird shots are tough, I can well appreciate the effort
Cheers
Rob
Laurette Theron: Thank you Rob. Bird photography is indeed very tough and it takes a lot of patience and in some ways luck to get a good shot. Practise is the word and slowly but surely it will get better. I appreciate your bird photography greatly. Have a good day.
That's a "likey" for me, Laurette - fantastic shot!
Laurette Theron: Thank you kindly Tom. I am glad you like it and it is much appreciated.
  • Gloeb
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2011, 16:19
fantastic capture!
Laurette Theron: Thank you Gloeb your view and comment is much appreciated.
Very well captured Laurette
What a beautiful way to court the females and what an exquisite capture....i believe that this is your best photo of all Laurette.....

....petersmile

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