White-necked Picathartes: how to see one by Peter Wood. There seems to be a correlation between the brightness of forest birds and the difficulty of seeing them. White-necked Picathartes takes this to an extreme: surely one of the most sought-after species in the West African forests, yet its silent and ground haunting behaviour makes a chance encounter most unlikely. Grey-necked Picathartes: how to see one by Peter Dolton. Without a doubt one of the birds to see in Central and West Africa is Picathartes. Perhaps one illustration of the popular appeal of this bird is the use by two major travel companies of this bird in advertisements, called Picathartes by one and Rockfowl by the other.