Family Turacos (Musophagidae)

Least Concern

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


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

Chizærhis leucogaster


, 1842,

southern Ethiopia




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


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


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.


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


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. (2020). 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 on 30 March 2020).