Red-crested Turaco - Tauraco erythrolophus

Length 1.6-1.7 ft (48.3-50.8 cm)
Weight 7.4-11.5 oz (210-325 g)
Clutch Size 2-3
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

The Red-crested Turaco is found in Angola, Africa.

Red-crested Turaco males and females look similar. They are white around the eyes and chin. The bill is small and yellow. The sides and front of the neck and breast are green. The rest of the body is a combination of golden green and purplish blue. The primaries and outer 3 secondaries are crimson with dark brown tips.

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Their diet consists of fruit, flowers, leaves, termites, seeds and snails.


They are territorial and will usually stay in pairs throughout the year. Courtship includes calling and chasing from tree to tree and also includes mutual feeding, gentle beak clapping and head bobbling.


The nest is a flimsy platform of twigs and is situated above the ground. Both sexes incubate the eggs. The parents feed the chicks by regurgitating food into their beaks.

Habitat and Range:

They are found in Africa in west and central Angola. Mainly arboreal, they are considered poor fliers. They only land on the ground to drink or bathe. They glide between trees and will run or hop along tree branches.


Plumage/Molt They do not have an alternate plumage.

Migration: Non-migratory.

Tongue/feet: Legs and feet are black. Turacos have mobile outer toes, which they are able to rotate forward or backward.


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