Family Turacos (Musophagidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Go-away-bird (Criniferoides leucogaster)


Taxonomy

French: Touraco à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Lärmvogel Spanish: Turaco ventriblanco
Taxonomy:

Chizærhis leucogaster

Rüppell

, 1842,

southern Ethiopia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Restricted to acacia savannas in E & NE Africa: NW, C & S Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, NE Uganda (Karamoja and Teso), N & E Kenya and S through E plateau of Tanzania (W to Tabora, S to Ruaha National Park).

Descriptive notes

c. 50 cm (tail 24–25 cm); male 170–225 g, female 225–250 g. Adult grey, with white belly and undertail-coverts; a stiff, pointed, 60 mm-long brownish grey... read more

Voice

Quite vocal. Vocabulary comprises several mainly short nasal calls, often repeated in series.... read more

Habitat

Typically hot, low-lying acacia steppe and savanna with scattered trees. Occurs from sea-level up... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, flowers, seeds and buds of acacias, particularly favouring the young green pods of Acacia tortilis.

Breeding

Breeds Feb–Jul in Somalia and Ethiopia, Feb–Aug in Kenya and Tanzania, Jul–Aug in NE Uganda. Nest a rather small, frail... read more

Movements

Largely sedentary throughout its range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common throughout its range. Although no real indication of population numbers available, observations indicate that species is abundant in... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, D.A. & Boesman, P. (2017). White-bellied Go-away-bird (Criniferoides leucogaster). 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 http://www.hbw.com/node/54782 on 23 October 2017).