Any of several African songbirds of the genus Vidua, the male of which grows long, drooping, predominantly black tail feathers during the breeding season. Also called widow bird.
Origin of whydahProbably alteration of widow (bird).
male pin-tailed whydah
- name for various African, black-and-white weaverbirds with distinctive drooping long tail-feathers on males in mating season, suitable as cage birds
alteration of the first component of widow bird