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Piapiac

Ptilostomus afer

Description:

An all-black African corvid with brown tail edges and ruby-coloured eyes when adult (pics 3 to 5); with massive black bill. Juvenile birds (1 & 2) sport pink-red bills with black tips; and black eyes. They reach the size of feral pigeon, and are a bit smaller or a stockier than Eurasian pie. Here, observed in a large group of over 30 birds, both juveniles and adults.

Habitat:

A totally African member of Corvidae family, found in tropical equatorial and sub-Saharan region, from western coast to Sudan and southern Ethiopia. This corvid favours open country and cultivated land and green pastures, and is often found in associated towns and villages. Here, in urban gardens of Minna, capital of Niger State of Nigeria.


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4 Comments

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 3 months ago

Thank you guys for votes and likes!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Zlatan!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

I love these guys!

We may have the only piapiacs on Project Noah ;-)
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/606...

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 3 months ago

Beautiful birds! Especially the juveniles...

Minna, Niger, Nigeria

Lat: 9.60, Long: 6.55

Spotted on Oct 2, 2018
Submitted on Oct 2, 2018

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