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Photo by mikemik
Lower Zambezi, Zambia, November 2006
Eurystomus glaucurus


29-30 cm

  • Brown back and head
  • Lilac foreneck and breast
  • Pink-brown underparts
  • Blue in wings
  • Bright yellow broad bill

Sexes similar
Juvenile: drabber; pale breast


Sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DRC, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini
African Islands: Madagascar

Photo by 400mark
The Gambia, November 2004



Eurystomus glaucurus has four subspecies[1]:

  • E. g. afer:
  • E. g. aethiopicus:
  • E. g. suahelicus:
  • E. g. glaucurus:

E. g. aethiopicus is, however, generally considered invalid and a fifth subspecies pulcherrimus is not recognised by all authorities[1].

Photo by rdavis
Near Xigera Camp, central Okavango Delta, Botswana, November 2011


Forest edges, wet woodland, open scrub and large gardens.


Its preferred perch is in the top of very tall trees.


The diet includes ants, termites and flying insects, which are sometimes hawked at other times caught by sallies from a favoured perch.


They nest in an unlined hole in a tree cavity. The clutch consists of 2-3 eggs.


Call: k-k-k-k-k-r-r-r-r-r.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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