Musophagidae – Turacos

Purple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus) by Daves BirdingPix

Purple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus) by Daves BirdingPix

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: (James 3:7 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – MUSOPHAGIFORMES, Family – Musophagidae – Turacos

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Species (23)

Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata)
Guinea Turaco (Tauraco persa)
Livingstone’s Turaco (Tauraco livingstonii)
Schalow’s Turaco (Tauraco schalowi)
Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix)
Black-billed Turaco (Tauraco schuettii)
Fischer’s Turaco (Tauraco fischeri)
Yellow-billed Turaco (Tauraco macrorhynchus)
White-crested Turaco (Tauraco leucolophus)
Bannerman’s Turaco (Tauraco bannermani)
Red-crested Turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus)
Hartlaub’s Turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi)
White-cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis)
Ruspoli’s Turaco (Tauraco ruspolii)
Purple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus)
Rwenzori Turaco (Ruwenzorornis johnstoni)
Violet Turaco (Musophaga violacea)
Ross’s Turaco (Musophaga rossae)
Grey Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor)
Bare-faced Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides personatus)
White-bellied Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides leucogaster)
Western Plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator)
Eastern Plantain-eater (Crinifer zonurus)


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The turacos make up the bird family Musophagidae (literally “banana-eaters”), which includes plantain-eaters and go-away-birds. In southern Africa both turacos and go-away-birds are commonly known as louries. They are semi-zygodactylous – the fourth (outer) toe can be switched back and forth. The second and third toes, which always point forward, are conjoined in some species. Musophagids often have prominent crests and long tails; the turacos are noted for peculiar and unique pigments giving them their bright green and red feathers.

Traditionally, this group has been allied with the cuckoos in the order Cuculiformes, but the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy raises this group to a full order Musophagiformes. They have been proposed to link the Hoatzin to the other living birds but this was later disputed. (Wikipedia with editing)

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