Bare-faced go-away-bird

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Bare-faced go-away-bird
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C. p. leopoldi at Keekorok Lodge, Kenya
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C. p. leopoldi in Akagera N. P., Rwanda
Call recorded in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Musophagiformes
Family: Musophagidae
Genus: Corythaixoides
C. personatus
Binomial name
Corythaixoides personatus
(Rüppell, 1842)

The bare-faced go-away-bird (Corythaixoides personatus) is a species of bird in the family Musophagidae which is native to the eastern Afrotropics. It is named for its distinctive and uniquely bare, black face. The genus is named for the g'way call of its near relation, the grey go-away-bird.


The sexes are similar, other than the female's green beak.[2] It is 48 cm long beak to tail, and weighs approximately 210 to 300 grams.[3]


C. p. leopoldi

It is a noisy and restless species, that moves about singly or in groups.[4] Its call is a double or repetitive kow-kow ...[4]

Range and habitat[edit]

It is found in two disjunct areas in Africa: one in Ethiopia, and the other in Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.[5] It occurs in open woodland, thickets and in cultivation with scattered trees. It may be found up to 1,400 m, but at Loita up to 2,200 m in scattered cedar, acacia and evergreen scrub.[6]


Two geographically isolated races are accepted:[7]

Description: More extensive green breast plumage, underside of wings and tail greenish, face with minute brown plumes[4]
Description: Face bare and black, less extensive green breast plumage[4]


These birds primarily eat fruits, leaf buds, and seeds.[8]


Like other Touracos, the bare-faced go-away-bird lays two to three greenish-white eggs each mating season. Nests are often built in tall acacia trees.[9]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Corythaixoides personatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Bare-faced Go-away Birds | Beauty of Birds". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  3. ^ Jones, David. "Bare-faced Go-away Bird". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  4. ^ a b c d Zimmerman, Dale A.; et al. (1999). Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Princeton University Press. p. 432. ISBN 0691010226.
  5. ^ bare-faced go-away bird at kenyabirds Archived May 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Britton, P.L., ed. (1980). Birds of East Africa: 375. Corythaixoides personata (Rüppell) Bare-faced Go-away Bird KTU 441. Nairobi: EANHS. p. 74.
  7. ^ "Bare-faced Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides personatus) - HBW 4, p. 505". The Internet Bird Collection. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  8. ^ Jones, David. "Bare-faced Go-away Bird". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  9. ^ "Bare-faced Go-away Birds | Beauty of Birds". Retrieved 2018-05-12.

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