Order Passeriformes

Family Viduidae

Whydahs and Indigobirds
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  • Small passerines with short, stubby bill, breeding males of most species with extensive black in plumage, some also with greatly elongated central tail feathers, females and non-breeding males mostly brownish and streaked.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Open country, from grassland to open woodland.
  • 10-43 cm.
  • 2 genera, 20 species, 28 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Bonan, A. (2019). Whydahs and Indigobirds (Viduidae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52374 on 8 December 2019).