French: Piapiac africain German: Spitzschwanzelster Spanish: Piapiac
SW Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau E through N Guinea, Sierra Leone, N Ivory Coast, S Mali, Burkina Faso, N & E Ghana, Togo, Benin, S Niger and Nigeria E in narrow band to SW Sudan, thence S to extreme NE DRCongo, Uganda (except SW & E), extreme SW Ethiopia and extreme W Kenya. Also one record from Liberia, and isolated records from N Congo.
35–42 cm; 121–130 g. A rather small-bodied corvid with very long, graduated tail of ten stiff feathers; stout bill with strongly arched culmen, nasal bristles... read more
Party-members keep in contact with loud chattering and scolding "pee-ip, pee-ip, pee-ip"... read more
Savanna with scattered trees and patches of woodland, including areas heavily grazed by both... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous. Diet includes seeds, berries and fruits, including fruits of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), also spiders (Araneae), and... read more
Poorly studied, although numerous. Season depends on local rains, laying reported Jun–Jul in Senegambia, a little later (Jul–... read more
Sedentary over most of range. Some movements suspected in parts of C Africa, where reported as... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common over most of range. One of the most conspicuous birds of the savanna in Senegambia. Seemingly less common and more localized in... read more
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