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Photo © by Scottishdude
Gambia March 2010

Alternative name: Western Grey Plantain-eater

Crinifer piscator


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.


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


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.


  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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