Alternative names: Bush-Crow; Ethiopian Bushcrow; Abyssinian Bushcrow; Zavattariornis
- Zavattariornis stresemanni
28cm. An unmistakable corvid:
- Pale grey plumage, almost white on forehead and cream-white on throat and chest
- Glossy black tail and wings
- Naked bright blue skin around and in front of eye, pinkish behind eye
- Brown eye
- Black bill with culmen decurving to pointed tip
- Black legs
Sexes similar, juveniles are slightly duller.
Endemic to Ethiopia where found around the towns of Yabello, Meega and Arero.
Fairly common but has an extremely small range and therefore classified as endangered.
Acacia scrub at 1300 - 1800m.
Feeds almost exclusively on insects.
Forages on the ground, usually in pairs or groups of 5 or 6 birds. Mixes with other savanna birds like Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Superb Starling and White-crowned Starling.
Breeding starts in late February to early March. They build a globe shaped nest with a tubular top entrance high in an Acacia tree. 5-6 cream eggs with lilac blotches are laid.
A resident species.
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