Alternative name: Western Grey Plantain-eater
- Crinifer piscator
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.
Open woodland, savanna and cultivated areas.
They construct a platform nest in a tree. The clutch contains 2-3 eggs.
Their diet consists of a variety of fruits, such as figs, mangoes, guavas, sapotillas, oil-palm fruits and dates.
- 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/
- 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).
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Western Plantain-eater. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 14 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Western_Plantain-eater