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Weavers with long tails

2014-08-29 (561)

Eight weavers have tails longer than 100 mm, and these include the two Bubalornis buffalo-weavers and 6 widowbirds (males in breeding plumage). The tail length of the buffalo-weavers relative to their body size is not particularly large, however. The Long-tailed Widowbird has the longest tail of any weaver, sometimes exceeding half a metre! The figure (below) shows the minimum and maximum tail lengths of the 6 widowbirds, for males in breeding plumage only. Several widowbirds have populations with different tail lengths, for instance the Long-tailed Widowbird in Kenya has the longest tail (416-628 mm), while it is shorter in southern Africa (319-499 mm).

Weavers with tails over 100 mm long:
LtW= Long-tailed Widowbird Euplectes progne
MMW= Montane Marsh Widowbird Euplectes psammocromius
RcW= Red-collared Widowbird Euplectes ardens
JW= Jackson's Widowbird Euplectes jacksoni
MW= Marsh Widowbird Euplectes hartlaubi
YmW= Yellow-mantled Widowbird Euplectes macroura

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver Bubalornis niger
White-billed Buffalo-Weaver Bubalornis albirostris