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Crinifer is a genus of birds in the turaco family. They are restricted to Africa. Formerly, the genus only contained the plaintain-eaters, but in 2021, go-away-birds were merged into the genus.

Crinifer piscator -Lotherton Hall, West Yorkshire, England-8a.jpg
Western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) at Lotherton Hall, England
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Musophagiformes
Family: Musophagidae
Genus: Crinifer
Jarocki, 1821

C. piscator
C. zonorus
C. personatus
C. concolor
C. leucogaster

They are large, noisy, and conspicuous birds, but lack the brilliant colours of their relatives. They are mainly grey, with a long tail and an erectile head crest. They feed on fruit, especially figs, seeds, and other vegetable matter.

Unlike many of the brighter forest dwelling turacos these are birds of African open country and have drab grey and white plumage. In Southern Africa, these birds are known as kwêvoëls, though they are also called loeries along with the other turacos.

The go-away-birds are named for their raucous "go away" call.[1]

The genus was erected by the Polish zoologist Feliks Paweł Jarocki in 1821 with the western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) as the type species.[2] The name combines the Latin crinis meaning "hair" and -fer meaning "bearing".[3]

The genus now contains five species:.[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Eastern grey plantain-eater (Crinifer zonurus) female.jpg Crinifer zonurus Eastern plantain-eater east Africa.
Western grey plantain-eater.jpg Crinifer piscator Western plantain-eater west Africa
Bare-faced Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides personatus).jpg Crinifer personatus Bare-faced go-away-bird Ethiopia, and Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Grey Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) (32339139354), crop.jpg Crinifer concolor Grey go-away-bird southern Angola, southern DRC, Zambia, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland
Corythaixoides leucogaster -Buffalo Springs National Park, Kenya-8.jpg Crinifer leucogaster White-bellied go-away-bird eastern Africa


  1. ^ Education, Jacana (2004). Lowveld and Kruger Guide. Jacana Media. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-919931-20-3.
  2. ^ Peters, James Lee, ed. (1940). Check-list of Birds of the World. Vol. 4. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 9.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Turacos, bustards, cuckoos, mesites, sandgrouse". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 20 July 2019.