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Musophagidae - turacos

Hartlaub's turacoThere are 23 species in this family of birds. They live in forests south of the Sahara.

They have short, rounded wings and aren't very graceful in flight. They are very good at climbing around in trees and hopping from branch to branch. They are also very agile on the ground and are fast runners!

They have down-curved bills, long tails, plump bodies, and come in a variety of colors. Some are combinations of red and green and yellow and blue! They live in small flocks and are very social birds. They eat fruits, seeds, and insects.

 

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in USThreatened in US Threatened in New HampshireThreatened in NH Endangered in USEndangered in US Endangered in NHEndangered in NH breeds in nhBreeds in NH IntroducedIntroduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South AmericaSouth America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Great Blue Turaco - Corythaeola cristata Least Concern Africa
Gray Go-away-bird - Corythaixoides concolor Least Concern Africa
White-bellied Go-away-bird - Corythaixoides leucogaster Least Concern Africa
Bare-faced Go-away-bird - Corythaixoides personatus Least Concern Africa
Western Gray Plantain-eater - Crinifer piscator Least Concern Africa
Eastern Gray Plantain-eater - Crinifer zonurus Least Concern Africa
Ross's Turaco - Musophaga rossae Least Concern Africa
Violet Turaco - Musophaga violacea Least Concern Africa
Ruwenzori Turaco - Ruwenzorornis johnstoni Least Concern Africa
Bannerman's Turaco - Tauraco bannermani Endangered Africa
Knysna Turaco - Tauraco corythaix Least Concern Africa
Black-billed Turaco - Tauraco schuetti Least Concern Africa
Red-crested Turaco - Tauraco erythrolophus Least Concern Africa
Fischer's Turaco - Tauraco fischeri Near Threatened Africa
Hartlaub's Turaco - Tauraco hartlaubi Least Concern Africa
White-crested Turaco - Tauraco leucolophus Least Concern Africa
White-cheeked Turaco - Tauraco leucotis Least Concern Africa
Livingstone's Turaco - Tauraco livingstonii Least Concern Africa
Yellow-billed Turaco - Tauraco macrorhynchus Least Concern Africa
Guinea Turaco - Tauraco persa Least Concern Africa
Purple-crested Turaco - Tauraco porphyreolophus Least Concern Africa
Prince Ruspoli's Turaco - Tauraco ruspolii Vulnerable Africa
Schalow's Turaco - Tauraco schalowi Least Concern Africa

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Bannerman's Turaco - Tauraco bannermani profile Photos Video Endangered Africa
Bannermann's turaco is found in Cameroon.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bannerman's Turaco - Tauraco bannermani Photos Video Endangered Africa
Bannermann's turaco is found in mountain forests.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bare-faced Go-away-bird - Corythaixoides personatus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The Bare-faced Go-away-bird is found in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-billed Turaco - Tauraco schuetti Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The black-billed turaco is found in Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Eastern Gray Plantain-eater - Crinifer zonurus Photos Video Least Concern Africa
Eastern gray plantain-eater is found in Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Fischer's Turaco - Tauraco fischeri Photos Near Threatened Africa
Fisher's turaco is found in Kenya, north-eastern Tanzania, and southern Somalia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Fischer's Turaco - Tauraco fischeri Photos Video Audio Near Threatened Africa
Fisher's turaco is found in lowland and mountain forests.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray Go-away-bird - Corythaixoides concolor Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The gray go-away-bird is found in Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Guinea Turaco - Tauraco persa Photos Least Concern Africa
The Guinea turaco is found in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Guinea Turaco - Tauraco persa Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The Guinea turaco is also known as the green turaco
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Hartlaub's Turaco - Tauraco hartlaubi profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa
Hartlaub's turaco is found in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Hartlaub's Turaco - Tauraco hartlaubi Photos Least Concern Africa
Hartlaub's turaco is found in evergreen forests.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Knysna Turaco - Tauraco corythaix Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The Knysna turaco is found in Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Livingstone's Turaco - Tauraco livingstonii Photos Least Concern Africa
Livingstone's turaco is found in Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Livingstone's Turaco - Tauraco livingstonii Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
Livingstone's turaco is found in subtropical lowlands.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Prince Ruspoli's Turaco - Tauraco ruspolii profile Photos Video Vulnerable Africa
Prince Ruspoli's turaco is found in Ethiopia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Prince Ruspoli's Turaco - Tauraco ruspolii Photos Video Audio Vulnerable Africa
Prince Ruspoli's turaco is found in subtropical and tropical dry forests.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Purple-crested Turaco - Tauraco porphyreolophus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The purple-crested turaco is found in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Red-crested Turaco - Tauraco erythrolophus Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The red-crested turaco is found in Angola.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Ross's Turaco - Musophaga rossae Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
Ross's turaco is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Ruwenzori Turaco - Ruwenzorornis johnstoni Video Least Concern Africa
The Ruwenzori turaco is found in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Schalow's Turaco - Tauraco schalowi profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Schalow's turaco is found in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Schalow's Turaco - Tauraco schalowi Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
Schalow's turaco has the longest crest of any species of turaco.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Violet Turaco - Musophaga violacea Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The violet turaco is found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Western Gray Plantain-eater - Crinifer piscator Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The western gray plantain-eater is found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-bellied Go-away-bird - Corythaixoides leucogaster Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The white-bellied go-away-bird is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-cheeked Turaco - Tauraco leucotis Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The white-cheecked turaco is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-crested Turaco - Tauraco leucolophus Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The white-crested turaco is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-billed Turaco - Tauraco macrorhynchus Photos Least Concern Africa
The yellow-billed turaco is found in Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Yellow-billed Turaco - Tauraco macrorhynchus Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The yellow-billed turaco has a green head, neck and breast, a green body, and a yellow bill.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No