White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus
(aka White-necked Rockfowl, Yellow-headed Picathartes)
The White-necked Picathartes is distributed in West Africa from Guinea to Ghana and is an Upper Guinea endemic. It is also classified as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.
|It is found in primary or
secondary forest usually in hilly and rocky areas and close to
water. The water gives the birds access to the mud with which
they build their nests on the underside of rocky outcrops and
cliffs. They nest colonially but the colonies are usually small
at between two and ten pairs. Their proximity to rocks gives them
the alternative name of rockfowl.
They are large and very distinctive with most of the head and nape of bare, yellow skin with a large black patch on the side of the head behind the large eye.
There are more photos and information at ARKive.
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