Grey Go-away-bird (Lourie) | Corythaixoides concolor

Robert's Birding Information: The Grey (Lourie, Turaco) Go Away Bird

The Grey Go-away-bird is a Southern African bird that belongs to the musophagidae bird family group which includes birds such as Turacos.Grey Lourie - Go Away Bird

The description for the Grey Go-away-bird (Latin name Corythaixoides concolor) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Corythaixoides concolor can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 373 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 249. You will find a picture of the Grey Go-away-bird on page 256.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.Grey Lourie (Turaco Loerie)

This bird is known as Grey Lourie in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Grey Go-away-bird between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. This bird is still commonly referred to as either the Grey Lourie (Sometime spelled Loerie) or the Grey Turaco.

The Grey Go-away-bird is known in Afrikaans as Kwevoel.

The Grey Go-away-bird has a height of 50 cms and weighs around 270 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Corythaixoides concolor has a grey coloured throat, black legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.Grey Goawaybird (Lourie)

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is grey.

Back is grey.

Grey (Lourie, Loerie, Turaco) Go Away Bird Feeding Habits ...

The Grey Go-away-bird is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

The Corythaixoides concolor forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Grey (Lourie, Loerie, Turaco) Go Away Bird Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Grey Go-away-bird is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 4 eggs and they are coloured blue.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The Grey Go-away-bird is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is found in the arid and semi-arid regions of Southern Africa and it can withstand high day and night temperatures.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.