oa Journal of East African Natural History - The Paradise Whydah and the Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah

Volume 1965, Issue 111
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



With regard to the separation of the Paradise Whydah, Steganura paradisaea (Linnaeus) and the Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah, Steganura orientalis (Heuglin) as distinct species, it may be of interest to note an occurrence of both species in the same locality. In May, June and July 1964 I could be almost certain of seeing S. orientalis on or near a small open 'shamba' at Msati, near Chidya, in the Masasi district of southern Tanzania. But on June 28th, near this same 'shamba' and immediately after my observing S. orientalis, a single adult male S. paradisaea appeared, and perched openly at about 20 ft. up. The two central tail-feathers of S. orientalis were seen as usual to be broad to their tips, but those of S. paradisaea were seen as two broad and short with bare shafts when blown or held apart coming thinly into one when joined. Distinction when feathers are seen separately is absolutely unmistakable.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error