IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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Very little is known about the biology of this bird. The species is mostly seen in pairs or threes outside of the breeding season (6), which is thought to extend from October to April (8). Females lay around four eggs and incubate them for about a month, with the chicks fledging approximately three months after hatching (8). This species' diet in the wild is unknown, but it has been observed practicing the curious behaviour of geophagy (the intentional consumption of soil) at 'clay licks'. Whilst well documented in mammals, geophagy by birds is largely unheard of. It has been speculated that the soil of these clay licks may provide an important source of sodium and protection against toxins naturally found in the diet (9).


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