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Genus: Vidua


Indigobirds (or Widowfinches), Whydahs and Paradise Whydahs; from Africa; these birds are brood parasites and at least the Indigobirds are host-specific.

A recent paper describes that both male and female Indigobirds imprint on the host species as they are growing up; males thereafter mimic the host song and females chose both the male and their host family based on that song. The authors conclude that this has lead to speciation in sympatry driven by sexual selection with the female choosing the male based on host species song.


Vidua is a genus in the family Viduidae.

Genus Vidua viewedit
V. macroura Pin-tailed Whydah
V. orientalis Sahel Paradise Whydah
V. interjecta Exclamatory Paradise Whydah
V. togoensis Togo Paradise Whydah
V. obtusa Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah
V. paradisaea Eastern Paradise Whydah
V. hypocherina Steel-blue Whydah
V. fischeri Straw-tailed Whydah
V. regia Shaft-tailed Whydah
V. chalybeata Village Indigobird
V. wilsoni Wilson's Indigobird
V. nigeriae Quailfinch Indigobird
V. maryae Jos Plateau Indigobird
V. raricola Jambandu Indigobird
V. larvaticola Barka Indigobird
V. camerunensis Cameroon Indigobird
V. funerea Dusky Indigobird
V. purpurascens Purple Indigobird
V. codringtoni Green Indigobird


  1. Paper describing speciation in Indigobirds