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White-crested turaco

Tauraco leucolophus


White-crested turacos are one of the most colourful African birds.

Their red and green colour is due to a special copper pigmentation which is unique to the turaco species.

Another distinctive feature is the bird’s toes. Each claw has a pair of toes that face forward and a pair that faces backwards, so each bird has eight toes in total. All turacos have a more flexible toe on the rear of each claw that can move to the side, making it easier for the birds to grip branches and climb trees. The IUCN has listed the white-crested turaco as being not in any danger of extinction.

Animal class

Bird

Conservation status

The IUCN has listed the white-crested turaco as being not in any danger of extinction.

Habitat

Forest

Population

This type of bird is very common in the wild. As a result exact numbers of white-crested turacos are unknown.

Diet

Omnivore. White-crested turacos have a diet of fruit, seeds, leaves, flowers and, occasionally, caterpillars, moths, beetles, snails and slugs.