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Grey go-away bird

Corythaixoides concolor


This bird is also known as the Grey Lourie, Grey Loerie, or Kwêvoël. It has a distinctive loud alarm call "quare", that sounds like it is saying "Go-away" (in English). It raises its crest when excited. It mainly eats fruit, including wild figs and berries, flowers and buds, leaves, termites and snails. This bird is clumsy in flight but agile in clambering through tree crowns. It often lives in social groups.


Savannas and woodlands of Southern Africa, as well as parks and suburban gardens, often near water.


Love the lacy look of the crest

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36 Comments (1–25)

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 6 years ago

spectacular bird

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Wonderful, Maria! That crest is spectacular!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Hi again, matimar1: thanks for your comment; I hadn't quite thought of it in that way!

IsabellaFiers 9 years ago

Wow Maria, what an outstanding shot !!
I have also see them but I think it was in Namibia, it are strange but beautiful birds !

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

I can see where you might find it strange; I was surprised when I first saw it but I thought it was really cool.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

I agree, Kat and Blaise. Impressive and lovely crest!

KatCuff 9 years ago

Great series! He's really cool!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thank you, everyone. I was so impressed when I saw this bird, which I had never seen before. It is a cool bird!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Congratulations, Nopayahnah, it is a great photo of a great bird.

ShaumingLo 9 years ago

Congrats and great shot!

Ietermagog 9 years ago

I feel this is the Cinderella among the other Louries (Knysna, Purple-crested), thus really enjoyed the Mohawk look!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations. Well deserved.

Atul 9 years ago

congrats on sotd!

aldrin 9 years ago

congratulations! :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thank you, Peter!

Hema 9 years ago

If you listen to argybees video,towards the end it definitely says "go away"

peter 9 years ago

What a cool looking bird! Congrats on Spotting of the Day!

"Check out the mohawk on this Grey Go-away-bird! When excited he raises his crest and makes a distinctive 'quare' or 'go-away' alarm call."


Ietermagog 9 years ago

Your close-ups are so impressive!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thanks Sachin and Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Simply superb.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Fabulous captured,

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

That made me laugh, Leuba. The voice actually reminds me a bit of the (what I find irritating) "Alvin and the chipmunks" voice.

Thanks for the posting argybee - I had looked for one as I had mentioned the origin of its name in the description but I couldn't find a good one. Grateful that you did!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

thanks argybee ! - just listened to it- amazing !!

Nopayahnah, are you sure it's s.African ?- sounds like it has an Aussie accent !!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

for anyone who wants to hear this...

Maria dB
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Maria dB

Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Jun 28, 2009
Submitted on Jan 22, 2012

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