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.
|Sahel Paradise Whydah
|Exclamatory Paradise Whydah
|Togo Paradise Whydah
|Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah
|Eastern Paradise Whydah
|Jos Plateau Indigobird
- Paper describing speciation in Indigobirds
Pages in category ‘Vidua’
The following 19 pages are in this category, out of 19 total.