Adult birds have maroon shoulder patches (olive in immatures) and rufous undertail coverts.

Habitat and Distribution

The species has a wide range in Sub-Saharan Africa. They inhabit riparian forest, woodland and savanna, where they associate with fruiting trees, especially wild fig (Ficus) species, including Ficus sycomorus and Ficus sur, and in cities the ornamental Chinese banyan.


They ea fruit of wild figs Saffrons (Cassine spp.), Jacket plum (Pappea capensis), Buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata), Water berry (Syzygium cordatum) and Jackalberry (Diospyros mespiliformis). They may also feed on exotic Loquats and Mulberries, or on carrion by occasion.


They nest in a tree fork that offers an adequate vantage point of their surrounds. The nest is a weak platform of sticks, collected by the male and arranged by the female. Nesting may take place in any month of the year, though mostly in summer. 1-2 eggs are laid that hatch in 13?14 days. Chicks leave the nest at about 12 days.

Calls and Songs

Their call is a series of flowing whistles, rendered as ?thweeeloo, thweeeoo?.