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violet turaco
(musophaga violacea)


The tropical forests of West Africa.

biological characteristics

The Violet Turaco is approximate 45cm long including a long tail. Their plumage is glossy violet with a yellow forehead, crimson/chestnut crown, and a thick red/orange bill. When in flight they display bright crimson primary flight feathers along each wing. They usually lay two eggs at a time, and young are fully coloured by the time they are one year old.

conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN red data list)


  • It feeds on almost all types of fruit and some seeds, and are particularly fond of figs.
  • The Violet Turaco has a loud cooroo-cooroo call

fact file

They are named for their in-air acrobatics during courtship, which involve a swooping, rolling movement.