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Photo © by mkrijger
Amboseli, Kenya
Plectropterus gambensis


Photo © by charelli
Botswana, May, 2018

75–100 cm (29½-39¼ in); males larger

  • Black overall plumage
  • White face
  • White upper wing-coverts
  • White belly
  • Flesh-coloured legs
  • Red bill

Males have a larger red facial patch, and a knob at the base of the upper mandible.


Sub Saharan Africa; also Morocco and Egypt.
Wesern Africa: Mauritania, 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, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zaire
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, eSwatini



Photo © by Alan Manson
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 2007

There are two subspecies[1]:

  • P. g. gambensis:
  • P. g. niger:


Wetlands. Swamps, lakes and flooded grassland and arable land.



They build a large nest concealed in vegetation near water, timing their breeding effort during or at the end of the rainy season


It is mostly vegetarian, eating grasses and seeds, with the addition of some small fish.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  4. The Beauty of Birds

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