from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of touraco.

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  • n. Any of the birds in the Musophagidae family with vivid colouring and prominent crest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of large brightly crested birds of the genus Turacus, native of Africa. They eat plantain and are remarkable for the peculiar green and red pigments found in their feathers.

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  • n. large brightly crested bird of Africa


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Compare French touraco.


  • The striking Prince Ruspolis turaco (Tauraco ruspolii, VU) is threatened by declining habitat.

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane

  • The stunning Rwenzori turaco (Musophaga johnstoni), found in ten forest islands of the Albertine Rift, has a mantle of iridescent green, orange-yellow cheeks, blue back and tail, and bright red primary feathers.

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane

  • Notable mountain forest birds are the Rwenzori turaco, Musophaga johnstoni and the handsome francolin, Francolinus nobilis; also the forest ground thrush Turdus oberlaenderi and the shoebill Balaeniceps rex.

    Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Notable species are the bamboo warbler Bradypterus alfredi and Shelley's crimson-wing Cryptospiza shelleyi (T) the endemic Ruwenzori turaco Musophage johnstoni, and two sunbirds, the regal Cynnyris regius and the larger scarlet-tufted malachite Nectorinia johnstonii dartmouthi.

    Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda

  • Birds include Denham's bustard Neotis cafra denhami, ground hornbill Bucorvus abyssinicus, violet turaco Musophaga violacea, spur-winged goose Plectropterus gambensis, white-faced tree duck Dendrocygna viduata, martial eagle Polemaetus bellicosus and bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus.

    Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal

  • The rich avifauna (400 species in the Victoria Falls region as a whole) includes a wide range of waterbirds along the river above the falls, and birds such as Heuglin's robin Cossypha heuglini, Knysna turaco Tauraco corythaix, and trumpeter hornbill Bycanistes bucinator in the falls 'rainforest' area.

    Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe

  • The conservation of the forests of Mount Oku is the last remaining hope for two species, Bannerman's turaco (Tauraco bannermani, EN) and the banded wattle-eye (Platysteira laticincta, EN), which are restricted to montane forests in the Bamenda-Banso highlands.

    Biological diversity in the Guinean forests of West Africa

  • The seriema-hoatzin clade was closely allied with a cuckoo-turaco clade.

    Goodbye, my giant predatory, cursorial, flightless hoatzin

  • In a novel twist, he further announced that New World vultures (vulturids, aka cathartids) were the next closest relatives of the turaco-cariamaen clade.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Threatened species include four strict endemics, including Djibouti francolin (Francolinus ochropectus, CR), Harwood's francolin (Francolinus harwoodi, VU), Prince Ruspoli's turaco (Tauraco ruspoli, VU), and yellow-throated seedeater (Serinus flavigula, VU), all of which are primarily threatened by habitat loss.

    Ethiopian montane forests


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  • Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco (Vulnerable), is a macaw-sized bird with scarlet and navy-blue wings, long tail and green-and-white head. It was first discovered among the personal effects of Prince Ruspoli after he was crushed to death by an elephant in 1893. As the unfortunate nobleman had not had time to label the specimen, its origins remained a mystery for half a century before the species was seen in the wild by an English naturalist in southern Ethiopia."Ethiopian surveys find high densities of Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco but highlight threats"

    November 28, 2010

  • See mollusque's lovely photo of the Purple-Crested Turaco on gallirex.

    April 17, 2008