Great Blue Turaco

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 March 2010
Scientific Name
Corythaeola cristata
  • Cuculiformes
  • Musophagidae
  • Corythaeola
  • C. cristata
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 18 September 2018)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
27 to 30 inches
29 to 44 ounces

International Names

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