TURACOs, GO-AWAY-BIRDS and their Allies

Order Musophagiformes   Family Musophagidae

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, Eastern  Crinifer zonurus  Found: east central Africa
The Eastern Plantain-eater has mainly gray upperparts spotted with brown; brown streaked with silver head, neck, upper-breast; silver rest of underparts.
Image by: 1) Louis Agassiz Fuertes  2) Noel_Reynolds


Plantain-eater, Western  Crinifer piscator  Found: west central Africa
The Western Plantain-eater has mainly blackish upperparts spotted with brown; brown streaked with silver head, neck, upper-breast; silver rest of underparts.
Image by: 1) Open_cage  2, 3) 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 Ruwenzorornis - 1 species

Turaco, Ruwenzori   Ruwenzorornis johnstoni  Found: Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Michael_Harvey



Genus Tauraco

Turaco, Bannerman's  Tauraco bannermani  Found: Cameroon
Image by: 1) netzach  2) Henrik_Gronvold  3) Jose Olivares Compres


Turaco, Black-billed  Tauraco schuettii  Found: Africa
The Black-billed Turaco has black bill; white-tipped crest.
Image by: 1) Nrg800  2) Mickey Samuni-Blank


Turaco, Fischer's  Tauraco fischeri  Found: Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania
Image by: 1) Doug_Janson  2) belgian chocolate


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
The Knysna Turaco has mainly green plumage; white line under eye; thick orange-red bill; tall green crest tipped with white; brown eyes; deep red eye-ring;
Image by: 1) Anton Frolich 2) Paul_Bernard - South Africa  3) Brian_Ralphs - Birds of Eden


Turaco, Livingstone's  Tauraco livingstonii  Found: southeast Africa
Similar to: Schalow's Turaco. The range of Livingston's Turaco and Schalow's do not overlap.
Image by: 1) Netzach  2) Doug_Janson  3) OpenCage


Turaco, Prince Ruspoli's  also  Ruspoli's Turaco  Tauraco ruspolii  Found: Ethiopia
Image by: 1) netzach  2) Henrik_Gronvold  3) KrisMaes


Turaco, Purple-crested Tauraco porphyreolophus   Found: Africa
Image by: 1) netzach  2, 5) Dick Daniels - San Diego Zoo 3) Sandy Cole - World of Birds, South Africa  
   4) Dick - Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo 


Turaco, Red-crested   Tauraco erythrolophus Found: western Angola
Image by: 1) Nathan_Rupert  2) Daniel Demczuk  3) Dick Daniels - San Diego Zoo


Turaco, Schalow's  Tauraco schalowi  Found: Africa
Similar to: Livingston's Turaco. The range of Livingston's Turaco and Schalow's do not overlap.
Image by: 1) Nrg800  2) John Puddephatt  3) Francesco_Veronesi - Malawi


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


Turaco, White-crested  Tauraco leucolophus  Found: Nigeria, Kenya
Image by: 1) Steve Wilson  2) Brian


Turaco, Yellow-billed  Tauraco macrorhynchus  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Nrg800  2) Francesco_Veronesi - Ghana






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