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Western plantain-eater

The western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) is, as its name suggests, a bird native to western Africa. It is known for its characteristic crest and beautiful gray feathers which contrast with its bright yellow beak.

Scientific name:

Crinifer piscator

Species:

Crinifer piscator

Family:

Musophagidae

Order:

Musophagiformes

Class:

Birds

Diet

Frugivore

Pregnancy

Between 27 and 28 days

Number of puppies

Between 2 and 3

Lifespan

Up to 15 years

Weight

Between 7 and 10,5 ounces

Size

20 inches long, approximately

Characteristics of the western plantain-eater

Unlike other turacos, the bird known as the western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) is known for the striking crest that it has on its head. The colors of the Crinifer piscator go from white to brown to gray. It is a monogamous bird that forms especially strong bonds. It also searches for food in groups, which can travel long distances to arrive at their destination.

Habitat of the western plantain-eater

The western plantain-eater, native to western Africa, can be seen in Nigeria, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Ivory Coast, among others.

It is common to see it in all types of open forests as well as in some crop areas. Its habitat ranges from arid steppes with acacia trees to the edges of tropical jungles. In the country of Sierra Leone, it is relatively easy to see them in palm trees, savannas, pastures, and swamps.

What does this bird eat?

This bird is mainly a frugivore, that’s to say it eats a wide variety of wild and farmed fruit. The western plantain-eater has a special predilection for fruit such as mango, figs, and guava. It rounds out its diet with leaves and seeds as well as insect larvae.

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Location


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Habitat


Savanna.