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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.


front view of a lady ross turaco

Did You Know?

Go Away Birds: Turacos live in noisy flocks, calling “g’way” to keep in contact with the group.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Musophaga rossae

Central Africa

15 to 18 in

10 yrs

Fruit and berries; some insects