|Western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) at Lotherton Hall, England|
The genus was erected by the Polish zoologist Feliks Paweł Jarocki in 1821 with the western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) as the type species. The name combines the Latin crinis meaning "hair" and -fer meaning "bearing".
The genus contains two species:
|Image||Scientific name||Common Name||Distribution|
|Crinifer zonurus||Eastern plantain-eater||east Africa.|
|Crinifer piscator||Western plantain-eater or grey plantain-eater,||west Africa|
These are large noisy and conspicuous birds, but lack the brilliant colours of their relatives. They are mainly grey, with a long tail and an erectile head crest. They feed on fruit, especially figs, seeds and other vegetable matter.
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