widow bird

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Etymology[edit]

Named after their usually black plumage. Possibly also because they are brood parasites.

Noun[edit]

widow bird (plural widow birds)

  1. Any of several species of birds in the family Viduidae, incorporating whydahs and widow finches.

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References[edit]

  • 1978 A Dictionary of South African English. Ed. Jean Branford. Oxford.
  • 1983 Newman's Birds of Southern Africa. Ed. Kennith Newman. Macmillan.