Family Whydahs and Indigobirds (Viduidae)

Least Concern

Togo Paradise-whydah (Vidua togoensis)


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

Steganura paradisaea togoensis


, 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.


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


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


Open woodland and cultivation.

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds, taken from ground.


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


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. (2019). 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 on 19 May 2019).