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Photo © by Scottishdude
Gambia March 2010

Alternative name: Western Grey Plantain-eater

Crinifer piscator

Identification

Photo © by whiteheadedvulture
Accra, Ghana, 15 January 2020

50cm (19¾ in), including a long tail.

  • Grey upperparts with brown spots
  • Brown head with silver streaks
  • Dark brown crown, lores , chin, throat and cheeks
  • Erectile nuchal crest
  • White underparts heavily streaked with brown
  • Bright yellow bill
  • White wing bar shows in flight.

Sexes are identical
Immature birds have a black woolly head without silver streaking.

Distribution

West Africa: found in acacia savanna of Senegambia to Central African Republic and western Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Open woodland, savanna and cultivated areas.

Behaviour

They construct a platform nest in a tree. The clutch contains 2-3 eggs.

Diet

Their diet consists of a variety of fruits, such as figs, mangoes, guavas, sapotillas, oil-palm fruits and dates.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Turner, D.A. & Boesman, P. (2020). Western Plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54783 on 17 January 2020).

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