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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Corythaixoides leucogaster (White-bellied Go-away-bird)


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Species Description
The White-Bellied Go Away Bird lives in well-wooded areas of East Africa, ranging from the Sudan down to Tanzania; its common name comes from its call, which sounds like “g’way” (go-away). The White-Bellied Go Away Bird has a long tail and short wings, and is a poor flier. However, it is highly arboreal, with a unique foot that makes it easy to climb trees and vines; the 4th toe of each foot is set at a right angle from the others, allowing the Go Away bird to nimbly scamper along branches. Fruit makes up almost the entirety of the White-Bellied Go Away Bird’s diet, which is collects by gleaning from the foliage; it has been known to eat fruits and berries which are poisonous to humans.
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Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia White-bellied Go-away-bird Page

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