Family Whydahs and Indigobirds (Viduidae)

Least Concern

Togo Paradise-whydah (Vidua togoensis)


Taxonomy

French: Veuve du Togo German: Togowitwe Spanish: Viuda togolesa
Taxonomy:

Steganura paradisaea togoensis

Grote

, 1923,

Kete, Ghana

.

Formerly considered conspecific with V. paradisaea, V. obtusa, V. orientalis and V. interjecta, and all sometimes placed in a separate genus Steganura. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Guinea, Sierra Leone, N Liberia, S Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, N Benin (one record)#R and Cameroon.

Descriptive notes

c. 12·5 cm, breeding male 40–43 cm. Male breeding has top and side of head black, nape yellow, upperparts black, throat black, upper breast light rust-coloured, lower... read more

Voice

Song mimics that of Yellow-winged Pytilia (Pytilia hypogrammica), a two-part trill, first... read more

Habitat

Open woodland and cultivation.

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds, taken from ground.

Breeding

Little known. Males in breeding plumage and courting females in Oct in Ghana, and in breeding plumage in Oct in Guinea and Dec in Sierra... read more

Movements

No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce throughout its range. Estimated global area of occurrence said to be 420,000 km2, but this based on a questionable range map. Recent sightings... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Togo Paradise-whydah (Vidua togoensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/61221 on 24 October 2017).