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Africa in a band between 10°N and 20°N. South of 10°N it occurs to the east of the continent down to the Eastern Zaire borders. In Senegal the species has increased in numbers which is in contrast to its decline across much of the rest of its range. It is thought that the introduction of the non-native neem tree accounts for this success.
There are 6 subspecies:
Dry country in woodland, scrub bush and cultivated areas.
They live in loose clans moving as a group between one bush and another.
Short whirring wings interspersed with glides.
The diet consists primarily of fruit although it also eats buds, leaves and flowers.
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