TURACOs, GO-AWAY-BIRDS and their Allies

Order Cuculiformes   Family Musophagidae

The order Cuculiformes, in addition to the turacos, also includes the cuckoos.

The turacos make up the bird family Musophagidae (literally "banana-eaters"), which also includes plantain-eaters and go-away-birds. In southern Africa both turacos and go-away-birds are commonly known as louries. The Go-away-birds and plantain-eaters are mainly gray and white. The turacos on the other hand are brightly coloured birds, usually blue, green or purple. Musophagids often have prominent crests and long tails. They are gregarious birds that do not migrate. Many species are noisy, with the go-away-birds being especially noted for their piercing alarm calls.

Musophagids are medium-sized arboreal birds endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, where they live in forests, woodland and savanna. Their flight is weak, but they run quickly through the tree canopy. They feed mostly on fruits and to a lesser extent on leaves, buds, and flowers, occasionally taking small insects, snails, and slugs Contrary to what the names might suggest, they generally do not eat bananas or plantains .


Genus Corythaeola - 1 species

Turaco, Great Blue  Corythaeola cristata   Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Sandy Cole - San Diego Zoo   2, 3, 4) Dick Daniels - San Diego Zoo



Genus Corythaixoides

Go-away-bird, Bare-faced Corythaixoides personatus   Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2) DIck Daniels - Tanzania  3, 4, 5) Dick - Keekorok Lodge in the Masai Mara, Kenya



Go-away-bird, Grey  also Gray Lourie Corythaixoides concolor  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Arno Meintjes  2) Sandy Cole - Kruger National Park, South Africa  3) Sandy - North Carolina Zoo
    4) Dick Daniels - Birds of Eden 


Go-away-bird, White-bellied Corythaixoides leucogaster   Found: Africa
Image by:  1)  Alastair Rae - Kenya  2) Dick Daniels - San Diego Zoo  3) Dick - National Aviary   4) Dick - Tanzania



Genus Crinifer

Plantain-eater, Western  Crinifer piscator  Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2) Sandy Cole - Birds of Eden, South Africa 



Genus Musophaga

Turaco, Ross's  Musophaga rossae    Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Ed Schipul - Houstan Zoo  2) Ryan Poplin - Columbus Zoo


Turaco, Violet  Musophaga violacea  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - Jacksonville Zoo   2, 3) Dick - Birds of Eden, South Africa



Genus Tauraco

Turaco, Green also Guinea Turaco Tauraco persa  Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2) Sandy Cole - Birds of Eden, South Africa  3) Dick Daniels - Birds of Eden

Turaco, Hartlaub's  Tauraco hartlaubi  Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Dick Daniels - Birds of Eden, South Africa  4) Dick - World of Birds, South Africa


Turaco, Knysna  also Knysna Lourie Tauraco corythaix   Found: Africa
Image by: Kerron



Turaco, Livingstone's  Tauraco livingstonii  Found: Africa
Image by: OpenCage



Turaco, Purple-crested Tauraco porphyreolophus   Found: Africa
Image by 1, 4) Dick Daniels - San Diego Zoo  2) Sandy Cole - World of Birds, South Africa  
    3) Dick - Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo 


Turaco, Red-crested  Tauraco erythrolophus  Found: western Angola
Image by Dick Daniels - San Diego Zoo


Turaco, White-cheeked  Tauraco leucotis  Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2) Dick Daniels - National Aviary   2) Sandy Cole - National Aviary 




Back to Top