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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Cuculiformes
Family:Musophagidae
Genus:Tauraco
Genus species:Tauraco porphyrelophus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:43-46 cm
Identification:The violet-crested turaco has a dark purple crest, an olive green neck, red eye rings, and a black bill. The chest color may be green or chestnut. The body is a glossy purple color, and the flight feathers are bright red.
Habitat:Evergreen forests, plantations, urban areas
Diet:Herbivore: fruit
Reproduction:Both parents incubate their 2-4 eggs.
The violet-crested turaco is found in pairs or small flocks.
Behavior:The violet-crested turaco feeds high in trees, occasionally descending to lower shrubs to feed. It is a very vocal bird.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Northern populations have a green chest, while southern birds have a chestnut-colored chest.

Other Information

Geographic:Africa Date:1974-12 Subjects:upland ground bird
Violet-crested turaco
Cuculiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata