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Grey Go-away-bird in Africa



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The Grey Go-away-bird also known as Grey Lourie, Grey Loerie, or Kwêvoël, is a southern African bird of uniform grey with black beak and strikingly pink gape. It is widespread in savanna woodland, a

Grey Go-away-bird in Africa Description

The Grey Go-away-bird also known as Grey Lourie, Grey Loerie, or Kwêvoël, is a southern African bird of uniform grey with black beak and strikingly pink gape. It is widespread in savanna woodland, a clumsy flier though extremely agile in clambering through tree crowns. It has a distinctive loud alarm call “quare”, fancifully sounding like “Go-away”. The crest is raised when excited.

Behaviour
Grey Go-away-bird is gregarious and moves in groups of up to 20 birds very busy and hopping into trees. It is fond of fruits, such as wild figs and berries. But it also consumes buds, leaves and flowers, invertebrates and snails. It forages sometimes in gardens for vegetables. It can probes flowers for nectar. It also takes emergent termites on the ground, and hawks in the air varied insects. It forages for fallen fruits on the ground, and in lower parts of the bushes.
Grey Go-away-bird is considered as pest in orchards and plantations where it damages the crops. This bird needs to drink regularly, and flocks of up to 30 birds gather at water sources.

Breeding
Grey Go-away-bird usually nests in acacia or thorny trees, but sometimes in other species.Female lays 1 to 4 eggs, usually 3, white or pale blue, and slightly glossy. Incubation lasts about 26 to 28 days, shared by both adults. Female broods at night.
Chicks are covered in dense brownish down. Both parents feed them by regurgitation.
When young are 2 to 3 weeks old, they are able to clamber around the nest into branches. They leave the nest 23 days after hatching, and they can fly at one month. Parents still feed them for 40 to 45 days, and young become independent at 7 weeks of age.

 


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