Range: Native to tropical West Africa, including Gambia, Senegal and Camaroon.
Habitat: Open forests, riparian forests, and forest edges
Aziza came to Turtle Bay as a youngster to live in the parrot playhouse. Aziza means “precious one” in Swahili.
- Turacos are in the same order as cuckoos and road runners.
- Turacos are the only bird with truly green pigment. Other birds appear green, but are not actually green. In turacos, the copper in their feathers creates a pigment called turacoverdin that is actually green. Another pigment, turacin, creates the red in the feathers. When immersed in water for 2-3 days, a red feather will leach the pigment and turn the water pink.
- The feet on a turaco are semi-zygodactylus, meaning the outer toe can rotate forward or backward, either to run across the branches or to grip.
- Turaco are often called “go-away birds”, because of the sound of their calls
- There are 23 species of Turaco found throughout Africa