Bare-faced Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides personatus)

The Bare-faced Go-away-bird is a large, 19" (48cm) bird with a distinct black face, throat and short, heavy black bill. Its crest is long and bushy grey-brown. The neck and breast are white, with a yellow-green patch on the breast that resembles a grass stain. Its belly is pinkish-brown. It is a relative of Turacos, but not as brightly coloured.

The Bare-faced Go-away-bird is typically seen in pairs, or small groups, feeding on fruiting or budding trees.

The Bare-faced Go-away-bird eats mostly fruit and tender shoots.

In Kenya, the Bare-faced Go-away-bird is an uncommon resident of open woodlands in the Masai Mara area and in Lambwe Valley, bordering Lake Victoria.

Extra Facts
This Go-away-bird does not scream "Go Away", like its South African relative, the Grey Go-away-bird. Instead, it calls "cor-cor" very loudly and runs from branch to branch of trees, hopping from one branch to another at speed.

Photographed in Olare Orok Conservancy, bordering Masai Mara.

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Bare-faced Go-away-birds ~ Pair

Pair of Bare-faced Go Away Birds, perched on top of a fruit tree.

Bare-faced Go-away-bird ~ Portrait

Bare-faced Go-away-bird perched on fruit tree.

Bare-faced Go-away-birds ~ Looking Down

Bare-faced Go-away-birds looking down from the top of a fruit tree.

Bare-faced Go-away-bird ~ Eating Fruit

Bare-faced Go-away-bird eating fruit in a bush.