Violaceous Turaco

Latin name Musophaga violacea
Class Birds
Order Cuculiformes
Family Musophagidae
IUCN Status Least Concern
Habitat Tropical forest
Distribution West Africa

General Information

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

Fun Fact

Turacos are not strong fliers but can run quickly through the branches.

As they are shy they do try to stay out of sight.

Keeper Notes

Turacos are noisy birds and ours are no exception making a loud rasping noise whenever the keepers enter their enclosure.