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Spotting #1500 :) The male is black with an almost 2 ft long tail. He has red and white shoulder patches and a gray bill. In this case, sexual selection has outweighed functionality. Females choose males with longer tails, but anytime it is windy, the male is getting thrown around all over the place and I imagine it's quite annoying to try and fly anywhere. Luckily, they only have the long tail feathers during breeding season. This is my favorite bird from South Africa and I tried my hardest to get great pictures of it :)
Very common in high elevation grasslands, they sit on grass or barbed wire fences normally. This guy put on a show for me, just flying back and forth in front of me for about 10 minutes. In a grassland right outside of Memel, South Africa.