Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Violet Turaco

Musophaga violacea

Violet turacos are West African birds remarkable for their magnificent shimmering bluish violet body plumage, while their head has crimson on the crown and nape, yellow on the forehead and a bright orange beak.

Range & Habitat

Violet turacos are native to more than 20 countries in West Africa, ranging from The Gambia and Senegal east to Cameroon.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Trapping of these birds for export trade may impact some populations. Also, destruction of habitat for agricultural practices is being monitored by community and national governments in their range countries.


In the Wild: fruits, berries, insects, and grubs.

At the Zoo: pelleted grain-based food, exotic fruit such as plantains, papaya, mango, melon, apples and blueberries.

Life Span

In the Wild – 5-10 years
In Human Care – up to 30 years.

Fun Facts about the Violet Turaco

  •  Turacos’ 4th toe rotates backward to give them a better grip when perching.
  •  These birds prefer to run along branches, flying with a weak and dipping flight only when hopping is out of the question.


Updated June 13, 2023
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