Violaceous turaco in exhibit

Violaceous Turaco

Scientific Name
Musophaga violacea
Central Africa, from Senegal to the Central African Republic
Tropical forests, savannas, and wetlands
Estimated Wild Population
Violaceous turaco in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Violaceous turacos were named for their rich purple feathers. The only turaco species without a crest, these birds have a bright red bill, a yellow forehead, and a magenta crown. They primarily eat fruit, berries, flower buds, and insects.

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Violaceous turacos aren’t the best flyers, but they easily navigate their forest habitat by running along branches aided by zygodactyl toes—their toes can move both forward and backward.

They are also known as “plantain eaters” thanks to their love of the African fruit.

Their vivid colors come from the bright red pigment turacin, which is prevalent in their diet.

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