The Peach-faced Lovebirds weren't the only African birds I saw at the Gilbert Water Ranch. A Grey Go-Away Bird or Grey Lourie (Corythaixiodes concolor), a pheasant-sized gray turaco from Southern Africa has been hanging out at the ponds there since at least last summer. Unlike the lovebirds, this is a single escaped individual that isn't expected to make a lasting impact on the local wildlife scene, but it has become a bit of a local celebrity and was quite noisily flying about the ponds at the water ranch while I was there on Sunday.
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