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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Ordo: Musophagiformes

Familia: Musophagidae
Subfamilia: Criniferinae
Genus: Crinifer
Species: C. piscator - C. zonurus

Crinifer Jarocki, 1821
Zoologia czyli zwierzetopismo ogolne podlug naynowszego systemu ulozone. 2 p. 181

Crinifer is a genus of birds in the turaco family. They are restricted to Africa. Formerly, the genus only contained the plaintain-eaters, but in 2021 go-away-birds were merged into the genus.

They are large noisy and conspicuous birds, but lack the brilliant colours of their relatives. They are mainly grey, with a long tail and an erectile head crest. They feed on fruit, especially figs, seeds and other vegetable matter.

Unlike many of the brighter forest dwelling turacos these are birds of African open country and have drab grey and white plumage. In Southern Africa these birds are known as kwêvoëls, though they are also called loeries along with the other turacos.

The go-away-birds are named for their raucous "go away" call.[1]

The genus was erected by the Polish zoologist Feliks Paweł Jarocki in 1821 with the western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) as the type species.[2] The name combines the Latin crinis meaning "hair" and -fer meaning "bearing".[3]

The genus now contains five species:.[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Eastern grey plantain-eater (Crinifer zonurus) female.jpg Crinifer zonurus Eastern plantain-eater east Africa.
Western grey plantain-eater.jpg Crinifer piscator Western plantain-eater west Africa
Bare-faced Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides personatus).jpg Crinifer personatus Bare-faced go-away-bird Ethiopia, and Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Grey Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) (32339139354), crop.jpg Crinifer concolor Grey go-away-bird southern Angola, southern DRC, Zambia, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland
Corythaixoides leucogaster -Buffalo Springs National Park, Kenya-8.jpg Crinifer leucogaster White-bellied go-away-bird eastern Africa


Education, Jacana (2004). Lowveld and Kruger Guide. Jacana Media. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-919931-20-3.
Peters, James Lee, ed. (1940). Check-list of Birds of the World. Volume 4. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 9.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Turacos, bustards, cuckoos, mesites, sandgrouse". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 20 July 2019.

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