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Photo by Scottishdude
The Gambia, March 2010
Musophaga violacea


50 cm (19¾ in)

  • Crimson head and nape
  • White ear-coverts
  • Yellow forehead
  • Glossy violet chin, throat and neck
  • Thick red bill
  • Crimson primaries
Photo by kamst139
Abene, Senegal, March 2016


West Africa: found from southern Senegambia to north-western Cameroon, southern Chad and Central African Republic


This is a monotypic species[1].


Gallery forests and forest edges, along water courses.



They build a flimsy platform nest with sticks and twigs, placed in a tree about 6m above ground. The clutch consists of 2 eggs.


Their favourite food is figs, but they eat a variety of fruits, berries and seeds.


Call: a loud cooroo-cooroo.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)
  3. AvianWeb

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