Turaco Bird

Turaco Bird

A beautiful, colorful bird endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, the turaco bird comes in a variety of colors. Some of the birds show red wings from below while in flight, though when not flying the red isn’t apparent. They are known as ‘banana eaters’, ‘loeries’ and ‘go-away-birds’ in different parts of the country. These gregarious birds usually have long tails and uniquely colored crests. These crests range in color from white to red, to blue to purple and even black. The crests often have two colors. Turacos are beautiful birds, beloved historically by African royal families, and some are even tame enough to hand-feed.

Turaco Bird ~ Videos: Here’s a 1-minute video of a beautiful green and blue turaco bird bathing in the wild. Here is an informative 5-minute video featuring several gorgeous species of turaco birds.

FunFacts about Turaco Bird: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The turacos make up the bird family Musophagidae (literally “banana-eaters”), which includes plantain-eaters and go-away-birds. In southern Africa both turacos and go-away-birds are commonly known as loeries. They are semi-zygodactylous – the fourth (outer) toe can be switched back and forth. The second and third toes, which always point forward, are conjoined in some species. Musophagids often have prominent crests and long tails; the turacos are noted for peculiar and unique pigments giving them their bright green and red feathers. (Source)
  • Turaco birds are a medium-sized arboreal bird.
  • Turaco birds live throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The turaco bird lives in woodlands, savanna and forests.
  • The turaco bird’s flight is weak but it can move swiftly through tree canopies.
  • The turaco bird feeds mostly on fruits and to a lesser extent on leaves, buds, and flowers. They also eat small insects, snails, and slugs.
  • Known as ‘banana-eaters’, they live up to their name. They will also eat grapes.
  • The turaco bird can become tame enough to hand-feed.
  • The turaco bird does not migrate.
  • The turaco bird is gregarious and moves about in a family group of about ten.
  • As their name suggests, turacos enjoy bananas and can become so tame they can be hand-fed. They will also eat grapes.
  • Turaco birds build large stick-nests in trees, and lay 2 or 3 eggs. The young are born with thick down and open, or nearly-open, eyes.
  • The turaco bird is known to be valued by the Swazi and Zulu royal families.

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34 thoughts on “Turaco Bird

  1. I am from Virginia. These birds are absolutely beautiful. I have never seen one before. My favorite was the green with the purple. Just beautiful birds. Thanks for the chance

  2. These birds are beautiful. So many colors. I love the one that looks like it’s peeking around a corner and has a mohawk. I’ve never seen them and probably won’t.


  3. Never heard of them but they are just beautiful. So many different colors and different mohawks too! Enjoyed all the pictures and videos. AZ

  4. Oh my gosh! These birds are so beautiful! I would love to watch them in the wild. While all of the photos are pretty, I am fascinated with the one showing the unique orange markings around the bird’s eye. Wow!

    Fort Myers, Florida

  5. OMG What a beautiful bird . If I were a female bird I’d certainly be impressed. This is one bracelet I’d certainly love to win because my birthday is Feb. 2nd, Groundhog’s Day, and amethyst is my birthstone.

  6. I love these birds!! They are so cool. Never seen them before but now I really want too. I love all the pictures. I live in Wisconsin and it is beyond cold so seeing these birds really brightened my day.

  7. Beautiful birds. Can’t believe all the different colors. Thanks for showing us these great pictures.
    I live in Maryville, TN, and we are currently having a cold spell, 23 degrees and light snow! ICK!!

  8. I love birds. I have several bird feeders around my house during the winter. I wish I had birds as colorful as they are. Although we do have cardinals which are bright red and the female cardinals are like an olive green with a reddish tint so they are also pretty.

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