Whydah meaning

wĭd'ə, hwĭd'ə
Any of several African songbirds of the genus Vidua, the male of which grows long, drooping, predominantly black tail feathers during the breeding season.
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Name for various African, black-and-white weaverbirds with distinctive drooping long tail-feathers on males in mating season, suitable as cage birds.
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Origin of whydah

  • Probably alteration of widow (bird)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • alteration of the first component of widow bird
    From Wiktionary