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Grey Go-away-bird

Afrikaans name: Kwêvoël

Grey Go-away Bird in Kruger National Park

Goaway Bird

Photo © Steven Herbert

Corythaixoides concolor

The Grey Lourie, or Go-away Bird, is now officially called the Grey Go-away Bird (I still prefer Grey Lourie).

It has a distinctive call which gives it its popular name of 'Go-away'. There are stories (myths?) of hunters having their quarry scared off by the 'Go-away' call of this bird. They are most vocal when they are in small, loose flocks of 3 or more birds.

In some areas like Kruger National Park this is an often seen species as it flaps between one perch at the top of a tree and another. It has also become quite common in areas like Johannesburg where trees have been planted to replace the grasslands creating a mini-forest. Typically they can be seen sitting on top of a tree or bush.

Grey Louries eat berries and flowers. They will also occasionally eat seeds, chicks and insects.

They nest high in a tree. The nest is a simple structure where 3 eggs are laid. Both parents tend to eggs and chicks.

Grey Go-away Bird in Kruger National Park

Goaway Birds like perching in the top branches of trees

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 114

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 82

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 39

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 104

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 181

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 26

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 206

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 325

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 320

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 232

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 225

Wild Issue 35 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 17

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 110

List of South African Birds

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