Everything You Should Know About The Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird

What’s there not to love about birds? No, really. Birds are a one-of-a-kind species. From their lightweight bones to their colorful feathers, it’s no wonder many are fans. There are no other species quite like it.

Not to mention, there are approximately 18,000 bird species in the world. Their diversity alone is intriguing for animal lovers near and far. Hence, birdwatching is a common hobby among people today.

Perhaps one of the most interesting bird species known to man, however, is the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird.

This bird species is a truly beautiful addition to the Musophagidae bird family. Yet, it’s one that’s relatively unheard of.

We’d like to think that the go away species, in general, is oh-so worthy of attention.

Gain information about the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird, or Corythaixoides personatus, below.

How Did the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird Get its Name?

As many people know, different types of birds often get their names based on their appearance.

For example, the red-tailed hawk has a reddish tail. The blue jay is, well, blue. And the dark-eyed junco features, you guessed it, dark eyes.

The same situation holds true for the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird

The first part of the name comes from the Corythaixoides personatus’ appearance.

Yep, that’s right! This bird has a “bare face.”

Their black or brown face is bold and bare in comparison to the rest of their coloring. This makes the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird unique, and based on its name, is easy to recognize and remember.

As for the other half of the bird’s name (go-away), this came from the distinct call of one of its bird relatives.

So, really, the Corythaioides personatus or Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird has the perfect name! It represents its most prominent characteristics well.

What Does the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird Look Like?

As mentioned previously, the Corythaixoides personatus features a dark face. Their face contrasts with their body, making it stand out.

You at least know that much about the bird’s appearance.

But how else can one describe the bird?

Generally speaking, this species is large, features long legs, offers a long tail, and has big feet. An adult Go-Away-Bird is an average of 20 inches in length. (Wow!)

Both male and female Bare-Faced Go-Away-Birds are primarily gray in feather color. However, female go away birds have a green beak while their male counterparts have a black beak.

Corythaixoides personatus have their fair share of unique physical features. But it’s really their bare face that makes them stand out from other species.

Plus, the dark face of the personatus distinguishes them from the white-bellied go-away-bird.

Not only do white-bellied go-away-birds not feature a bare face, but they, as their name implies, have a white belly.

Either way, both Corythaixoides personatus and Corythaixoides leucogaster are beautiful species.

Their tall “mohawk” and strong stance make them a highly attractive bird inside and out. Their sense of confidence and bravery is genuinely contagious.

Personality Traits of the Corythaixoides Personatus

Every individual bird has its own personality, like each human, no doubt.

Some birds are louder and more aggressive. Meanwhile, other birds may be quieter and more on the shy side. Some birds might even be a perfect mix.

If you’ve owned more than one bird, you probably already are aware of this.

Heck, being around birds out in the wild, you notice this quite quickly.

Corythaixoides personatus birds, however, have similar traits from one to the other.

For instance, the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird almost always tends to be loud, energetic, and chatty.

Many say that, while this Corythaixoides bird species is big, it still has a big personality for its size!

Of course, there are many other personality traits of Corythaixoides personatus. This includes their own individual traits.

Regardless, don’t expect the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird to be timid and peaceful. That’s simply not them at all.

Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird Quick Facts

Are you interested in learning more about the Corythaixoides personatus?

No worries because we have plenty more where that came from.

  1. Corythaixoides personatus is native to the eastern Afrotropics. These turaco birds live in Rwanda, West Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, and beyond.

  2. There are four subspecies of the go-away-bird. Apart from the bare-faced species, or personatus, and the white-bellied species, or leucogaster, there are two other subspecies.

    These include the grey go-away-bird and the black-faced go-away-bird. Or, Corythaixoides concolor and Corythaixoides leopoldi, respectively.

  3. The Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird is normally found in the woodlands. However, this bird species prefer living near water or within open thornbush country.

    They particularly are fans of a tall cedar, evergreen, or acacia.

  4. In terms of conservation status, the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird is “Least Concern.” In other words, the Corythaixoides personatus has currently deemed the population stable.

    This means that the population of the species is stagnant. It’s neither growing nor shrinking.

  5. Corythaixoides personatus have a lot of nicknames that they go by. Apart from its Latin name and “Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird,” the species has several other names. The bare-faced lourie is one of them.

    The brown-faced go away bird is another. Sometimes the nicknames are compound or feature hyphens. No matter what you call it, the Corythaixoides personatus is stunning!

  6. They have several beautiful family members. Beauty definitely runs deep in the musophagidae family.

    Fischer’s turaco, western plantain eater, and red-crested turaco are some close relatives. And while families tend to look alike, the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird still stands out in its family.

The Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird is Like No Other

It’s genuinely hard to mistake the Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird with another bird species.

From the sound it makes to its odd look, you’ll easily spot a Corythaixoides personatus.

Viewing them face to face is one of the most delightful experiences. You’ll know one when you see one!

Even if you don’t get to see a Corythaixoides personatus in person, its beauty is still admirable in photos.

Go away birds remind us just how one-of-a-kind birds are. There’s no doubt that the Corythaixoides personatus bird is truly fascinating.

While you have time, dig deeper into the corythaixoides genus or musophagidae family in general. You won’t regret it!

Julian Goldie - Owner of ChiperBirds.com

Julian Goldie

I'm a bird enthusiast and creator of Chipper Birds, a blog sharing my experience caring for birds. I've traveled the world bird watching and I'm committed to helping others with bird care. Contact me at [email protected] for assistance.