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Violet Turaco

Violet Turaco

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Scientific Name:

Musophaga violacea


Midwest Africa.


Mainly frugivore. Fruits (figs favoured), berries, seeds.


Habitat:  Forests along watercourses or savannas, forest edges, suburban parks, gardens.


Incubation: 25-26 days, 2 eggs

Social structure: Small flocks of 10-12 birds

Weight: 360g

Dimensions:  50cm

Lifespan: 5-10 in the wild, 30 under human care

Estimated population in the wild: Common

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Threats:  There are no major threats to this species.

Did you know that:

  1. Although they spend all their time in the trees, they are actually not very good fliers. Instead, they jump from tree to tree using their broad tails for balance.
  2. The red colour in their feathers is created from a copper pigment called turacin, unique to turacos.

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