Fan-tailed Widowbird
Euplectes axillaris
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The non-breeding male fan-tailed widowbird is common in marsh and wetter habitat throughout Tanzania The fanned tail is seen only when the male is displaying. The Macaulay Library link includes a video of a male in breeding plumage. The top photo was taken at Mwiba (3-18), courtesy of Trude Peterson. The left 4th row photo is courtesy of Chuck Derby; the right 4th row (Ngarasero-Arusha, 11-21) is courtesy of Amos Pampy Hardecker. The other photos were taken at Minziro, Lake Kitere, KIA Lidge and Ngorongoro Crater. Click the photo above to see 24 enlargements, including more breeding and transitioning males.

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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-24 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Colin Beale, Chuck Derby, Tom Nicholls, Fain & Roger Zimmerman
Michael Oates, Joseph Morlan, Stephen Wainer, Elizabeth Spear
Trude Peterson, Amos Pampy Hardecker

Last Update this page: 1-09-24