Their very long tail and towering crest makes them extremely conspicuous during flight

The white-bellied go-away-bird (Crinifer leucogaster) has a long, pointed gray and black tail with a distinctive white median stripe.

It has a white patch under both wings that is only visible when it is flying.

Their very long tail and towering crest makes them extremely conspicuous during flight

Adults have a gray head with a dark gray to black pointed crest that fades with time. The bird’s belly, as the name suggests, is white, as are the under-tail coverts.

Females and males seem identical, but the female is bigger, weighing 225g – 250g.

This species is found in E and NE Africa. It is found in Somalia, W Ethiopia, S Sudan, NE Uganda, N and E Kenya, and south into Tanzania’s eastern plateau.

These birds prefer hot acacia steppe, savanna, and woodland habitats.

Their very long tail and towering crest makes them extremely conspicuous during flight

The white-bellied go-away birds eat mostly plant stuff, such as acacia fruits, flowers, nectar, seeds, and buds.

The species is also known to devour insects encountered while foraging, such as flying termites.

When the rainy season begins, the mating season normally begins, and go-away-birds become considerably louder.

Chases from tree to tree, as well as elaborate displays, are typical of courtship activity.

Birds are monogamous, and mutual feeding between mates has been seen.

Their very long tail and towering crest makes them extremely conspicuous during flight

A nest is constructed in an acacia-like tree 3-12 m above ground.

Within, 2 to 3 eggs are placed and incubated for around 4 weeks. The first flight of a chick happens about 4-5 weeks after hatching.

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