Togo paradise whydah

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Togo paradise whydah
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Viduidae
Genus: Vidua
V. togoensis
Binomial name
Vidua togoensis
(Grote, 1923)

The Togo paradise whydah (Vidua togoensis) is a species of bird in the family Viduidae. It is found in Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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  1. BirdLife International (2018). "Vidua togoensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . 2018: e.T22719998A132135389. doi: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22719998A132135389.en . Retrieved 13 November 2021.