Green or Green-crested Touracos / Turacos

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Green Turaco

Green Turacos The Green Turaco or Green-crested Turaco, Tauraco persa, is a large turaco that is native to the forests of tropical west Africa.

It is even more dependent on this habitat than the Violet Turaco. Within its distribution range, it generally prefers mature rain forest edge habitats, bordered by rivers, cultivated and urbanised environments from sea level to around 1100m.


Sub-Species / Races Including Nominate:

    • Green-crested (T.persa persa) - nominate formBuffon's Turaco (T.persa buffoni)Guinea Turaco (T.persa zenkeri).

Nesting / Breeding:

This species is a common breeder in climax forest with plentiful tall trees. It usually lays two eggs in a tree platform nest.


Call / Song:

Green Turaco has a loud cawr-cawr call.


green crested turaco Description:

The Green Turaco is a truly striking bird, with a brilliant green and blue plumage, thick red bill and red and white eye patches. They have a green crest. In flight, Green Turaco's crimson primary flight feathers contrast with the green plumage.

This large turaco measures around 40-43cm from beak to tail, and weighs between 225-290 grams.

These are unmistakable birds, although often inconspicuous in the treetops.


Natural and Captive Diet of Toucans / Toucanets and Aracaris


Keeping and Breeding the Turaco


Turacos as Pets



Purchasing Turacos:

If you are interested in purchasing a Turaco, please visit this website for available birds and pricing. If you can't find the species you are interested in, contact David Jones at [email protected] for a referral.

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