Violaceous Turaco

Violaceous Turaco

Musophaga violacea
Violaceous Turaco at Tayto Park

About Me

The body is generally violet; it has an orange beak leading to a yellow shield on the forehead with a crimson cap behind that. The primary feathers are also crimson which contrast beautifully with the violet plumage in flight. They are poor fliers but are agile when running through the trees, using their tail feathers for balance. They have wing claws to assist with movement through trees. They live in the canopy and so despite their colourful feathers they can be very difficult to spot. Their outside claw is reversible, allowing them to get to the end of branches to pick up fruit.


Turacos are monogamous. Courtship involves chasing and a lot of calling, with the male bowing and wing spreading, followed by the birds feeding together. They build their shallow nest together by loosely binding twigs together in densely foliated trees and the female lays 1-2 eggs. Both parents help to raise and protect the young, even though they can become quite active after just 2-3 weeks. In captivity, cooperative breeding has been observed. This is when helpers provide care to the offspring produced by the dominant breeding group members. Sometimes chicks will even stay with the parents a

Conservation Status:

Least Concern

LC Least Concern NT Near Threatened VU Vulnerable EN Endangered CR Critically Endangered EX Extinct

Trapping of wild specimens for the pet trade.

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