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Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne), Buffelsdoorn Estate, Klerksdorp, South Africa

Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne), Buffelsdoorn Estate, Klerksdorp, South Africa


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Filename: TRURI-1907-18-1.jpg

Size: 3919 x 5850 (3.2MB)

Date: 22nd November 2017

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

Author: MIKE SEARLE

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

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Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne), Buffelsdoorn Estate, Klerksdorp, South Africa

A male Long-tailed Widowbird in breeding plumage, perched on a branch. The feathers are almost entirely black with orange and white shoulders, or epaulets. The birds exceptionally long tail, which can measure up to 50 cm, is only present during the breeding season. Birds of the Weaver family, such as the Long-tailed Widowbird, are noted for their elaborate nest-building techniques using grass stems and other plant fibres. Collected by Mr W.H. Oliver in 1907

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TRURI : 1907.18.1

Media ID 19207169

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

Animal Bird Black Bunting Collection Colourful History Natural Orange Specimen White Buff Shouldered Taxidermy Weaverbird


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This print showcases the stunning Long-tailed Widowbird in all its breeding plumage glory. The male bird, perched gracefully on a branch, is a sight to behold with its predominantly black feathers adorned by striking orange and white epaulets on its shoulders. One cannot miss the extraordinary length of its tail, measuring up to an impressive 50 cm, which is only present during the breeding season. Belonging to the Weaver family, these birds are renowned for their intricate nest-building skills using grass stems and plant fibers. This particular specimen was collected by Mr W. H. Oliver back in 1907 and now finds itself as part of the prestigious natural history collection at Buffelsdoorn Estate in Klerksdorp, South Africa. The image captured by MIKE SEARLE beautifully highlights the vibrant colors and unique features of this African avian species. Its black-and-white body contrasts harmoniously with splashes of buff, red, and orange throughout its plumage. This photograph not only serves as a testament to nature's incredible diversity but also offers viewers a glimpse into the meticulous artistry displayed by these weaverbirds when constructing their nests. Displayed proudly at Royal Cornwall Museum's cornish natural history collection, this print invites us to appreciate both the beauty of wildlife photography and our planet's awe-inspiring biodiversity.

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