Purple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus)

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Purple-crested TuracosThe Purple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus) is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family.


Habitat / Distribution:

This turaco is native to Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its preferred habitat includes open woodland, thorn scrub riverine forest, humid forest from sea level - 1850m, where it is seen foraging for its preferred food item - fruits.



The Purple-crested Turaco can easily be identified by its dark purple crest and metallic green on the lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird's head) and face to the coverts. It features a salmon wash on anterior chest up towards the throat, around the neck and nape.

The species typically measures around 42-46cm from beak to tail and weighs approximately 200-290g.


Keeping & 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.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson



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