Turacos (Musophagidae)

Grey Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) - HBW 4, p. 505

French: Touraco concolore German: Graulärmvogel Spanish: Turaco Unicolor
Other common names: Grey Lourie

Taxonomy: Corythaix concolor A. Smith, 1833, inland of Durban.
Forms a superspecies with C. personatus. Races pallidiceps and bechuanae intergrade in W Botswana. Two additional forms (chobiensis and cuanhamae) are considered doubtfully separable from bechuanae. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • molybdophanes (Clancey, 1964) - NE Angola through S Zaire, Zambia and N Malawi to S Tanzania and adjacent areas of N Mozambique.
  • pallidiceps (Neumann, 1899) - W Angola S to Namibia, extending seasonally to W Botswana.
  • bechuanae (Roberts, 1932) - S & SE Angola and NE Namibia through Botswana and the Caprivi Strip to SW Zambia, the Zimbabwe Plateau, and N & W Transvaal.
  • concolor (A. Smith, 1833) - S Malawi and N Mozambique S to E Transvaal, E Swaziland and E Zululand.