Touracos

There are 24 species of Touraco which is a group of fruit eating birds from Africa that inhabit forest areas and they are perfectly designed for this particular habitat.  They have short stubby wings for short bursts of flight from tree to tree.  They also have quite long legs to assist their habit of running along branches whilst searching for food.  We have 5 species on display at Birdland.

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Western Grey Plantain-eater

Crinifer piscator

This species is a resident breeder in open woodland habitats in tropical west Africa. It lays two or three eggs in a tree platform nest.These are common, noisy and conspicuous birds, despite lacking the brilliant colours of relatives such as the Violet Turaco. They are 50 cm long, including a...

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Red-crested Touraco

Tauraco erythrolophus

There are 14 different species of Touraco and most have this initial green appearance, but on close inspection have many defining markings, from white pearls on their crests to white scar flashes on the face. This species is obviously named because of its distinctive red head. Although they fly quite...

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Buffon’s Touraco

Tauraco corythaix buffoni

Distribution: Gambia to Sierra Leone. Diet: Fruit. Nesting: They construct a flimsy, pigeon like, nest and will lay 2 -3 eggs which are incubated for about 22 days.

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Violaceous Touraco, Birdland Park and Gardens

Violaceous Touraco

Musophaga violacea

Distribution: Angola, Africa. Diet: Fruits and shoots. An exclusively African family of birds, the touracos are tree dwelling birds of forest and savannah. They are a brightly coloured combination of greens, reds and blues and are very agile, hopping and running along branches with short bursts of flight. Although they...

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