Family Turacos (Musophagidae)

Least Concern

Black-faced Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides leopoldi)


French: Touraco de Léopold German: Schwarzgesicht-Lärmvogel Spanish: Turaco carinegro

Schizorhis leopoldi


, 1881,

Ugogo, Tanzania


Hitherto treated as a race of C. personatus, but differs in its black vs brown face (2); white head sides and breast with smaller and centrally darker green breast patch vs greyish-white head sides and breast with broad, blurred-edged grey-washed green breast patch (3); pinkish-grey breast shading to clear whitish lower belly and undertail vs pinkish-brown breast shading slightly to paler pinkish-brown lower belly and undertail (2); pale brown vs glaucous-green undertail (ns[2]); and supposedly shorter crest (50 vs 60 cm fide HBW) (not scored). Monotypic.


S Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, SW Kenya and Tanzania S to N Malawi, NE Zambia and SE DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

48 cm; 210–300 g. C. leopoldi differs from formerly conspecific (and wholly allopatric) C. personatus in having bare part of face black instead of brown;... read more


Gives a loud, doubled “kow-kow”, sometimes as described as a bleating sheep-like “go-ah, go-ah”,... read more


Open woodland, Acacia thornbush, thickets, cultivation with scattered trees, evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

Very little known. Berries of Grewia bicolor, also buds and seed pods of Acacia xanthophloea. Recorded in singles, pairs... read more


Breeds May and Oct–Nov in S Uganda, May–Oct in Tanzania, and Oct in N Malawi. A monogamous, solitary nester. Nest a shallow platform of... read more


Largely sedentary throughout its range, although in N Zambia the species occasionally wanders W... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. No population estimates are available, but species is locally common over much of W & C Tanzania, less common E towards the coast; very common in... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Black-faced Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides leopoldi). 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 on 22 July 2019).