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Black with pale blue spots. The outer secondaries have creamy-white outer webs, showing as a pale edge on the folded wing. The bare face and upper neck have a varying amount of blue-grey and red colouring. The crest comprises curly black feathers which vary geographically in shape.
Locally in Sub-Saharan Africa.
There are 5 subspecies:
 Status of edouardi
Some authorities recognize the southern population (south of 12°S) as a separate species, Guttera edouardi.
Humid forest; forest edge, thickets and dense woodland.
In flocks of up to 20 individuals when not breeding (April to September in southern Africa); split into smaller groups and pairs when breeding. Generally seen on road verges in dense woodland and forest, or at bush camps, where they become habituated to humans.
Forages on the ground for seeds, fruit, stems, leaves, bulbs, roots and invertebrates.
Monogamous. The nest is a scrape in the ground in dense cover. Two to twelve eggs are laid October to February.
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