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Grey Go-away-bird

From Opus

Alternative name: Grey Lourie

Photo by Paul TavaresMount Grace, near Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2006
Photo by Paul Tavares
Mount Grace, near Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2006
Corythaixoides concolor


[edit] Identification

47–50 cm (18½-19¾in), Mass 202-340 g.

  • Plain grey overall plumage
  • Brown eye
  • Black bill, legs and feet

[edit] Distribution

Southern Africa; as far north as Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. Rare south of 29°S.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Corythaixoides concolor has four subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. concolor molybdophanes:
  • C. c. concolor pallidiceps:
  • C. c. concolor bechuanae:
  • Southern Angola to north-eastern Namibia, Botswana, southern Zambia and western Transvaal
  • C. c. concolor concolor:
  • Southern Malawi and northern Mozambique to eastern Transvaal and eastern Zululand

[edit] Habitat

Woodland, savanna and, in arid areas, riverine woodlands.

[edit] Behaviour

In pairs or small groups. Alert and inquisitive, these birds are highly vocal when alarmed; their loud, nasal kwê or kwaa often alerts other wildlife of the approach of a predator (or photographer).

[edit] Diet

Agile in trees, where it forages for fruit, flowers, buds, leaves. Insects and nestlings are also eaten.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is an simple platform of sticks in a tree, usually at a height of 3-10 m above the ground. One to four pale blue eggs are laid; the incubation period is 26-28 days.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Gibbon, G. 2002. Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa: Version 3. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund.

[edit] External Links

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