Also know as violet plantain-eaters, these turacos are the size of a large pigeon. Their plumage is dark purple, with a red beak, yellow forehead and chestnut crown. They are omnivores, eating fruit, especially figs, leaves, flowers, insects, snails and slugs. A social bird, they live in small flocks in the wild.
Lifespan: 30 years in captivity
Turacos are not strong fliers but can run quickly through the branches.
As they are shy they do try to stay out of sight.
Turacos are noisy birds and ours are no exception making a loud rasping noise whenever the keepers enter their enclosure.