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Great Blue Turaco

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About the Great Blue Turaco

Also known as: Blue Plantain-eater, Blue Turaco, Yala River Great Blue Turaco

The Great Blue Turaco is a large type of turaco that lives across central Africa. Their diet consists of primarily fruit, as well as leaves and flowers. The striking body plumage of green-blue and yellow also includes a tall, thick dark head crest. Juveniles sport smaller crests and an overall duller plumage from adults. The Great Blue Turaco is highly territorial, and highly vocal with a loud and deep gutteral call.

The Great Blue Turaco is the most widespread of all species of turaco. Their conservation status is considered least concern, although like many birds their habitat is declining due to deforestation.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 26 March 2010
Scientific Name Corythaeola cristata
  • Cuculiformes
  • Musophagidae
  • Corythaeola
  • C. cristata
Birdorable Family Cuckoos & Cohorts
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 November 2016)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
27 to 30 inches
29 to 44 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa

International Names

  • Turako Velký (Czech)
  • Kæmpeturako (Danish)
  • Reuzentoerako (Dutch)
  • Keisariturako (Finnish)
  • Touraco Géant (French)
  • Riesenturako (German)
  • Turaco azzurro gigante (Italian)
  • カンムリエボシドリ[Kammurieboshidori] (Japanese)
  • Kjempeturako (Norwegian)
  • Szyszak (Polish)
  • Хохлатый турако (Russian)
  • Turaco Gigante (Spanish)

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