Black Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus aterrimus
(aka Black Woodhoopoe)
Black Scimitarbill, Lake Langano, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

Lake Langano, Ethiopia
January 2016

The Black Scimitarbill is distributed in a broad band south of the Sahara in Africa from Senegal and the Gambia to Ethiopia with a disjunct population in Angola and adjacent territories. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in woodland and dry bushland from sea-level to about 2,000 metres.

The Black Scimitarbill has a less curved bill than other scimitarbills. It is usually black but often can, as here, show creamy sides.

The call is a fluty "kwee-kwee-kwee"

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