Species Infomation

The birds that I feature here are the Turaco's or the other species of soft bill in my collection. The information is made up of my personal knowledge of birds and from snippets of information that is readily available on the internet. I'm always looking for help and information from other keepers and breeders about Turaco feeding, keeping & breeding. Knowledge is power!!

Turaco's can be aggressive towards their mates even after being together and breeding, so always something to watch out for. Turacos can be loud and when one calls they all do. We find that the emergency services sirens set them off, its quite funny when we have people visiting but we also live just along from a fire station, not so funny !!!

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current Turaco species kept as November 2017

Fischers

White cheek Cinnamon

White Cheek 

Violaceous

Red Crested

Buffons

Purple Crested

Hartlaubs

Green Crested

Shallowi

Lady Ross

Western Plantain Eaters

Black Billed

White Crested

Livingstone

White Bellied go away

Bare Faced Go Away

Concolor Grey Go Away

 
Red Crested Turaco
White crested Turaco

Red Crested Turaco

Erythrolophus

White Crested Turaco

Tauraco leucolophus

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The red Crested Turaco comes from Angola they are from 40 to 43 cm long from beak to tail and the weight is 210g to 325g Turacos are Frugivore's so eat mainly fresh fruit and leaves, I have seen mine take mealworms. Terry came to us from a Friend, he was hand reared and loves the contact with people. We bought him a wife and it was instant love, but we lost her all of a sudden. We bought him another 2013 bird and he hated her. Soon after they became friends, no breeding yet but showing all the best signs. But after all it is Terry, it doesnt matter as long as he is happy. 

The white-crested turaco is native to riverine forest and woodland in a belt between eastern Nigeria and western Kenya, their size is 40cm to 44cm beak to tail they have a pure white head crest and under the eye and nape of the neck. Lovely yellow beak the underside of the wings is a vibrant red colour. I bought our pair from Holland with a pair of Purple crested. They were very unsteady and really jumpy and although they have settled they are still very flighty. They are a 2010 and 2011 pair again showing all the signs but nothing yet. These really are stunning birds.

Schallow's Turaco
Violaceous Turaco

Schalow's Turaco Tauraco schalowi

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Violaceous Turaco Musophaga violacea

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The Schalow's Turaco is just outstanding. They have a great presence about the. They are a larger sized turaco at about 44cm and have the tallest crest of all the Turaco family from 80mm to 120mm. Each tip of the crest is painted white, it stands tall and fans out near the forehead. They are very simular to the livingston's Turaco.

The violet turaco, also known as the violaceous Turaco is a comparatively large species, measuring around 50cm and weighing around 360g. The plumage is glossy violet/ purple that just has an oiley glisten to it when the sunshine catches the feathers. A yellow forehead which is not feathers but more like a Sheild complete with a short red non erect crest & white ear coverts. The beak a lovely pale yellow. Like a lot of the Turaco it has the most stricking red colour to its open wings. The violet Turaco call is completey different from all other turaco but the Lady Ross has a very simular sound. The two species are very closely related and form thier own family group.

Fischers Turaco

Fischer's Turaco

Tauraco fischeri

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The Fischer's Turaco measures approximately 40cm in length from beak to tail, and usually weighs between 227g and 283g. It is found in the wild in Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. The Fischers Turaco is very simular to the red crested, I would say a little smaller with a darker beak and with the eye stripes. Stunning birds but can be one of the more aggressive species.

Livingstone's Turaco

Livingstone's Turaco

Tauraco Livingstonii

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The Livingstone's Turaco is approximately 45cm in height from beak to tail, and weighs roughly 262-380 grams. Females are generally slighter in appearance than males. It is very similar to the Schalow's and Black bill Turaco and can be eaily mistake but when you see them all together they are very different. Livingstons are smaller than the schalow's and the crest is half as tall.

Purple Crested Turaco

Purple-Crested Turaco

Tauraco porphyreolophus

Black billed Turaco

Black Billed Turaco Tauraco schuettii

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The Purple-crested Turaco species usually measures around 42-46cm from beak to tail and weighs as a guide 200-290g. They usually feature a salmon wash on anterior chest up towards the throat, around the neck and nape with a robust dark purple crest and metallic green on the lores and face to the coverts makes this turaco easy to identify.

The length of the Black-billed Turaco is usually about 40cm from beak to tail. The weight of specimens vary a lot between 199-272 grams. Black-billed Turacos are typically fruit-eaters, living in assorted forest habitats.

White-cheeked Turaco
Buffon's Turaco

White-cheeked Turaco Tauraco leucotis

Buffons Turaco

Tauraco Persa Buffoni

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White-cheeked turaco's measure approximately 42-43cm beak to tail, and usually weigh between 200-315g. The White-cheeked Turaco is possibly the most common species kept and bred in captivity here in the UK. Very calm birds with a very curious nature & a lovely quietr call that says I don't need to compete with the rest of you.

The Buffons Turaco typically measures 40-43cm from beak to tail, and weighs around 225-290 grams. They are part of the Guinea Turaco group along with the Green-Crested. They love to eat fruit and will also occasionally eat vegetation like leaves and flowers. 

Hartlaubs Turaco
Green crested Turaco

Hartlaubs Turaco Tauraco hartlaubi

Green-Crested Turaco Tauraco persa persa

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The Hartlaub's Turaco forms a super-species with the white-cheeked turaco. The two species are similar with the Hartlaub's being distinguished by a dark bill and deep blue upper parts. They are approximately 43cm from beak to tail, and weigh around 195-265g. They are one of the more aggressive speceis towards one another during breeding season. I have to have ago at keeping them. I bought the cock in 2016 as a 5 year old bird with no other history. The hen is a 9 year old proven bird. I am going to put them together around June of this year (2016) hoping that her experience will be the key??

The Green-Crested Turaco typically measures 40-43cm from beak to tail, and weighs around 225-290 grams. They are part of the Guinea Turaco group along with the Buffons Turaco. They love to eat fruit and will also occasionally eat vegetation like leaves and flowers. They are almost the same as the buffoni but with 2 white stripes around the eye and the body colour is a bit lighter than the buffons. This pair was our second pair of turaco bought as a proven pair. The hen is rung & a 2014 bird, she has a slight problem with her foot not sure why. The cock has no ring so we know nothing about his age or origin. Hard to believe that they are a proven pair at the hens age. (would of bought them anyway with the truth!!)

Lady ross Turaco
Hoopoe

Lady Ross Turaco

Musophaga rossae

Eurasian Hoopoe

Upupa epops

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The Lady Ross turaco is one of the larger Turaco at 51–54 cm. males weigh 390–444g & females weigh 395–398g. They are very similar to the Violaceous Turaco they even sound very similar. They have a large yellow sheild at the front of the face with a yellow beak and the yellow continues around the eyes. The crest is an amazing red and stands a lot taller than the violaceous. The whole body is a vibrant purple with its bright red flight feathers top and bottom. In the wild it has a vast range found in forests and open woodlands across many African Countries.

The Hoopoe is a medium sized bird usually 25–32 cm long & weighs 46–89g. The species is highly distinctive with a long thin tapering beak that is black with a fawn base. The strength of the head allows the bill to be opened when probing inside the soil for insects. The hoopoe has broad and rounded wings capable of strong flight which is like that of a butterfly. The hoopoe is widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Our pair are a little nervous the hen came from a Uk breeder and was 2015 bred. The cock bird I bought when I visited Zwolle bird show Holland in Nov 2015 he is a little bigger than the hen and is a 2014 bird.

 
 
Bali starling

Lady Ross Turaco 2016 2nd Pair

Musophaga rossae

Bali Starling

Rothchild mynah 

Leucopsar rothschildi

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2016 we bough in a baby unrelated pair of Lady Ross both doing really well and getting on just fine, looking forward to 2018 for them to start looking at the nest box.

The Lady Ross Turaco is one of the larger Turaco at 51–54 cm. males weigh 390–444g & females weigh 395–398g. They are very similar to the Violaceous Turaco they even sound very similar. They have a large yellow sheild at the front of the face with a yellow beak and the yellow continues around the eyes. The crest is an amazing red and stands a lot taller than the violaceous. The whole body is a vibrant purple with its bright red flight feathers top and bottom. In the wild it has a vast range found in forests and open woodlands across many African Countries.

The Bali myna also known as Rothschild's mynah or Bali starling is medium-sized up to 25 cm long. It is almost completely white with a long drooping crest & black tips on the wings and tail. The bird has blue bare skin around the eyes greyish legs and a yellow bill. Both sexes are similar in appearance. It is critically endangered in the wild and is part of a massive breeding program. Lots of private keepers are now getting very good results with breeding them. My pair where given to me by a Friend as a proven pair and had raised chicks before. We had no luck with them to start with but last year they laid 3 eggs quite late in the year. The hen would sit on them but if she heard anybody even tiptoe near the flight she would come out and then go straight back in. Unfortunately the eggs were all clear. So far this year (2016) nothing has happened. I have put some new material into the nest box & I am looking at changing thier diet as we feed a lot of live food all year round and they tend not to eat anything else?

Western Plantain Eaters

Crinifer piscator

Barefaced Go Away BirdS

Corythaixoides personatus

leopoldi

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The western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator), also known as the grey plantain-eater or western grey plantain-eater, is a large member of the Turaco family. This species is a resident breeder in open woodland habitats in tropical west and central Africa

despite lacking the brilliant colours of other Turaco they are just as amazing. They are 50 cm long, including a long tail. Their plumage is mainly grey above spotted with brown. The head, erectile crest, neck and breast are brown streaked with silver. The underparts are whitish, heavily streaked with brown.

Western plantain-eater has a thick bright yellow bill, and shows a white wing bar in flight. The sexes are identical, but immatures have a black woolly head without silver streaking

White Bellied go away birds

 

White Cheek Turaco

Cinnamon

 

The Barefaced Go Away Bird Corythaixoides personatus. These birds are now classed as two different Species the black faced "Leopoldi" and the brown faced "Personatus", they form part of the Grey Turaco side of the family. The birds cover areas of east & central Africa. These birds do not have the bright greens, reds & blues of most of the Turaco's, but they are just as Amazing. The grey colour of most of the body & long tail feathers is a smooth soft grey extended to its crest which is like the green Turacos fine and whispy. The black face and beak make the face stand out against the white chest throat and nape it is so soft and fine. They also have what looks like a green dirty smudge on their white chest patch but its the green colour of other Turaco's coming through. Its their reminder to us that they are Turaco. The size of the birds are about 48cm My pair are 2015 bred & are very chatty talking all the time to each other & me.

White Cheek Turaco

Cinnamon splits

 

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