Violaceous Turaco

Range: Native to tropical West Africa, including Gambia, Senegal and Camaroon.

Habitat:  Open forests, riparian forests, and forest edges

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Aziza came to Turtle Bay as a youngster to live in the parrot playhouse. Aziza means “precious one” in Swahili.

Fun Facts

  • 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