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Musophagidae – Turacos

Guinea Turaco in Gambia: Photo by Miguel Arribas Tiemblo

Welcome to our Musophagidae guide! Explore the vibrant world of turacos, a family of birds known for their dazzling plumage and unique characteristics. Musophagidae, commonly referred to as turacos, are native to sub-Saharan Africa, where they inhabit forests, woodlands, and savannas. With their striking colors and distinctive calls, turacos captivate birdwatchers and enthusiasts alike. Join us as we delve into the rich diversity within the Musophagidae family, uncovering their habitats, behaviors, and conservation status. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or simply intrigued by these charismatic birds, our guides offer valuable insights into the captivating world of Musophagidae.

Overview of Musophagidae

Turacos are renowned for their vivid and captivating plumage, boasting a unique array of pigments, called turacins, not found in other bird species. Characterized by their striking crests, often adorned in contrasting hues, turacos present a tantalizing challenge to spot, particularly the more extravagantly colored individuals. While many species are known for their noisy and sociable nature, it is primarily the gray go-awaybirds, named for their loud alarm calls, that stand out as conspicuous and frequently encountered. With elongated tails and rounded wings, turacos prefer to navigate through branches by running rather than flying. Despite their Latin name, which suggests otherwise, turacos predominantly feed on fruit and are not known to consume bananas.