a black and white bird sitting on top of a tree branch

Picathartes – Africa’s strangest birds

The family Picathartidae consists of two very unusual birds; White-necked or Yellow-headed Picathartes, endemic to the Upper Guinea forests of West Africa; and Gray-necked or Red-headed, restricted to Lower Guinea forests of Central Africa. Their strange appearance and habit of communally nesting in rock overhangs and caves has given them their alternative name of rockfowl, and before that the rather charming ‘Bald-headed Crow‘. Further illustrating their unusual long-tailed, yet crow-like…


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