The White-Bellied Go-Away Bird (Corythaixoides leucogaster) is from east Africa. It is in the turaco bird family and may be related to cuckoos.
It was given the name, Go-Away Bird, because it sounds like it is calling “go-away.”
It has a grey head, a long black crest which can be raised or lowered, grey neck and back. Its stomach is grey on top and white below with a clear line of demarcation. It has rows of black bars on its wings.
It can grow to 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall.
The White-Bellied Go-Away Bird likes acacia trees and thorny scrublands. It eats fruit, acacia flowers, and aloe plants.
Female White-Bellied Go-Away Birds lay 2-3 eggs in an untidy twig nest in a thorny tree.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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