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Musophaga violacea

West Africa, Gambia and Senegal

The violet plantain-eater is named after their blue-purple plumage. The birds’ head and wings have deep red coloring. Every violet plantain eater has a recognizable white stripe under the eyes. They travel in flocks of 10 to 12 birds. The birds are very shy and often hide, perched under the cover of tall trees. The birds’ build shallow nests made of trigs and branched. The violet plantain eaters usually hatch two eggs during mating season.

Habitat: Dense, tropical rainforest.
Diet: Fruits, barriers and insects
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 17 inches
Weight: Less than 1 lb
Lifespan: 5-10 years
Reproduction & Offspring: 21-24 day incubation period.


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