Definition of widowbird in English:



  • 1An African weaver bird, the male of which has mainly black plumage and typically a long tail used in leaping displays.

    • ‘For example, several species of birds such as bowerbirds, widowbirds, cock-of-the-rocks, birds of paradise, peacock-pheasants, and manakins build or clear courts used as arenas during elaborate courtship displays to females.’
    • ‘At the confluence you are likely to be welcomed by a variety of widowbirds, bishops and waxbills, including White-winged, Long-tailed and Jackson's Widowbirds and Yellow and Yellow-crowned Bishops.’
    • ‘In this study we investigated whether the carotenoid throat patch displayed by male red-collared widowbirds determines the outcome of male contests.’
    • ‘This widowbird is transformed into a beautiful long-tailed bird during the mating season.’
    • ‘For example, in widowbirds, tail length is a selected trait indicative of male quality.’
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      another term for whydah