Piapiac (Ptilostomus afer) - HBW 14, p. 616
French: Piapiac africain
Other common names: Black Magpie
Taxonomy: Corvus afer Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Long, graduated tail, sociable habits and piping calls of this peculiar corvid suggest, as with Zavattariornis, an affinity with the starlings (Sturnidae), but DNA-sequencing supports its inclusion in present family, with closest relatives evidently Podoces and Zavattariornis. Very unusual among passerine genera in having ten (instead of twelve) tail feathers. Monotypic.
Distribution: SW Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau E through N Guinea, N Ivory Coast, S Mali, S Burkina Faso, N & E Ghana, N Togo, N Benin, S Niger and N Nigeria E in narrow band to SW Sudan, thence S to extreme NE DRCongo, Uganda (except SW & E), SW Ethiopia and extreme W Kenya. Also a few old reports from Sierra Leone and one recent record from Liberia, and isolated records from N PRCongo.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 14 videos
the red-billed bird is a immature Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 January 2012 3 years ago 31 sec 4.7
A juvenile bird being fed by one of its parents. Locality Brufut, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Yoel Jimenez 30 October 2014 18 weeks ago 22 sec 4.7
A juvenile picking ‘ticks’ off a goat, its typical behaviour Locality Jinja, Uganda (Monotypic species)
David Fisher 26 July 2006 8 years ago 31 sec 4.5
one bird perching Locality Soroti, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 7 September 2010 4 years ago 18 sec 4.3
An adult bird walking on the ground, and joining two immature birds (note the different bill colours). Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 November 2008 6 years ago 13 sec 4.2
An adult on top of a cow Locality Kakoge, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 27 August 2006 8 years ago 27 sec 4
PhotosSee all 17 photos
Perched on a plant.
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 6 February 2014 33 weeks ago 4.4
The pink-billed birds are immature.
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Lee Hunter 1 August 2012 2 years ago 4.3
Standing on a branch showing the eye colour clearly.
Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia
David Lingard 20 November 2006 3 years ago 4.3
Locality Casino Cycle Track, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Paul Cools 2 July 2012 2 years ago 3.8
Bird on the ground
Locality Senegambia Hotel, Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia
Klaus Lachenmaier 31 March 2013 2 years ago 3.8
Adult foraging in the grass of Kairaba Beach Hotel
Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
MichaelP 7 December 2012 2 years ago 3.8
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