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Picathartidae - Rockfowl

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Picathartidae
White-necked RockfowlThere are two species of birds in this family, the gray-necked rockfowl (Picathartes oreas) and the white-necked rockfowl (Picathartes gymnocephalus.) They are found in rocky areas of rainforests in west and central Africa.

Rockfowl are slender birds with crow-like bills; long, thin necks; humped backs; long tails; and long, strong legs. They have brightly-colored bald heads and forage on the forest floor for insects, snails, and mollusks.

The white-necked rockfowl is about 19 inches in length and is gray on its uppersides and white on its undersides. It has a yellow and black head. The gray-necked rockfowl is gray on its upperparts and light orangish-yellow on its undersides. It has a violet and gray-blue head with a black face mask.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

White-necked Rockfowl - Picathartes gymnocephalus Vulnerable Africa
  Gray-necked Rockfowl - Picathartes oreas Vulnerable Africa

Additional Information

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profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Gray-necked Rockfowl - Picathartes oreas profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The gray-necked rockfowl is found in Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; and Nigeria.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gray-necked Rockfowl - Picathartes oreas profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The gray-necked rockfowl is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation.
Source:BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Gray-necked Rockfowl - Picathartes oreas Photos Video Vulnerable Africa
The gray-necked rockfowl has a black face mask and a violet crown.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-necked Rockfowl - Picathartes gymnocephalus profile Photos Video Vulnerable Africa
The white-necked rockfowl is also known as the bare-headed rockfowl. It is found in Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; and Sierra Leone.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

White-necked Rockfowl - Picathartes gymnocephalus profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The white-necked rockfowl is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation.
Source:BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

White-necked Rockfowl - Picathartes gymnocephalus Photos Video Vulnerable Africa
The white-necked rockfowl has a naked bright yellow and black head.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No