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Purple-crested turaco

Tauraco porphyreolophus

Purple-crested turaco

Like most turacos, the purple-crested turaco has beautiful coloured feathers. As they flap their wings, you can see a flash of bright red from the feathers on the underside of the wing.

All turacos are noisy and the purple-crested turaco is one of the noisiest. It is the national bird of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Animal class


Diet - Herbivore
Purple crested turacos eat mainly fruit.

These birds can be up to 46 centimetres and weigh about 290 grams.

Purple-crested turacos are found in open woodland or riverside forests of east southern Africa.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not believe the purple-crested turaco to yet be in danger of extinction.

Habitat destruction and fragmentation, due to agricultural growth, is the main threat to the turaco. They are also hunted for food and the live animal trade.

Current population
No studies have been done on the population of the purple-crested turaco but the population appears to be decreasing.

Zoo population
There are 150 purple-crested turacos in zoos worldwide.