White-necked Picathartes (Picathartes gymnocephalus)

Also known as the White-necked Rockfowl, the White-necked Picathartes is species of “ancient” Passerine bird found in secluded areas of Western Africa, mainly in Guinea and Ghana. Picathartes are usually found on rocky areas near streams and isolated hills, on which they nest. Rockfowl are often found patrolling the forest floor hopping and jumping around looking for food. They like other bird species are often found following swarms of army ants, picking off any animals that are flushed out by their charge. They will also eat small vertebrates and plant material as well. In Sierra Leone it is believed that the nest of this bird houses ancestral spirits. Due to this birds small population and habitat destruction it has been listed as vulnerable.

*Fun fact: This species is the one that David Attenborough’s first program  Zoo Quest covered, which sparking him into making other documentaries.



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