Knysna Turacos or Knysna Louries

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Knysna TuracoThe Knysna Turaco - in South Africa also known as Knysna Lourie - Tauraco corythaix , is a large turaco that was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the Green Turaco of West Africa.

It is a resident breeder in the mature evergreen forests of southern and eastern South Africa, occuring in the narrow strip of forest in Africa from North East Transvaal through Natal, Cape Province and Mozambique..



This unmistakable bird is 40 - 42 cm long, including a long tail. The small but thick orange-red bill and a white line just under the eye contrast with the mainly green plumage. It has a tall green crest, which is tipped with white. The eye is brown and the eye-ring deep red. In flight, Knysna Turaco shows conspicuous crimson primary flight feathers.

Males and females look alike, but juvenile birds have a shorter crest without the white tips


Breeding / Nesting:

This species lays two eggs in a shallow platform nest made from sticks and placed in a tree or clump of creepers.


Keeping and Breeding the Turaco


Turacos as Pets


Diet / Food:

It feeds on fruit, insects and earthworms.


Call / Song:

It has a loud kow-kow-kow-kow call.


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 directly.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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