Lady Ross’ Turaco

Musophaga rossae

Turacos rarely come down from the forest canopy. They rapidly run along vines and branches squirrel-style. Their two outer toes rotate backwards for better gripping, and their long tails help with balance.

Fact File

pronunciationPronunciation: TOOR-uh-koh
lengthLength: 15 to 18 in
weightWeight: Up to 1 lb
lifespanLifespan: 5 to 9 yrs
habitatHabitat: Forest
dietDiet: Fruit and berries; some insects