The Grey Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides concolor), (also known as grey lourie, grey loerie, or kwêvoël) is one of the most entertaining birds you will see in Africa. Even when they are telling you to “go away”, they are still endearing and I look forward to seeing them on a safari. They are widespread in savanna woodland, a clumsy flier though extremely agile in clambering through tree crowns. It has a distinctive loud alarm call “quare”, fancifully sounding like “go away”. The crest is raised when excited.
They have a large range in Southern Africa. I saw them all over Kruger National Park. Although the Birdlife map shows them only in southern Tanzania, I saw them in the Whistling Thorn Camp near Tarangire National Park, and was personally told to “go away” after checking into my tent!
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Excellent sound quality, you can hear them saying “Go away”!
This is a very old movie clip from “The Gods Must Be Crazy”. The first part is hilarious, the last part (I hope that’s a prop) not so much.
Following on from my review of the restcamp, I thought the birds deserved their own post as there were so many! Just get up at first light and wander around, you will probably see these birds as they were found all over the camp. I started in the circle where our hut was, then followed my ears as more birds made their presence known.
Cape Glossy Starling
The African Hoopoe was one of my favourites, I loved watching him manipulate his crest!
I got lucky with a Hail Mary shot of a bird flying overhead, it was a Brown-headed Parrot!
A gorgeous Crested Barbet
Going by the photo in the Sasol book, I think this one is a Greater Blue-eared Starling.
Grey Go-Away Bird
Here you can see our car and our cabin and how close it is to the bush.
Cape Buffalo just outside the camp
I know I missed some, if anyone can help me out, please comment!