Purple-crested Turaco

Tauraco porphyreolopha

This turaco occurs from Uganda through Tanzania to the eastern parts of southern Africa, where it is locally common in closed woodland and coastal forest. Being the national bird of Swaziland, it is not suprizing that this species is incredibly beautiful and bright, with its purple-blue crest, stunning blue wing coverts and tail, and olive green breast with pink wash. Eating almost exclusively fruit, this species can be seen jumping and flying through the tree canopy, looking for their next lunch site.

These beautifully coloured turacos are a common garden bird at our family’s home in Ocean View on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal. We first recorded this species in December 2009 in this very garden.


Purple-crested Turaco / False Bay Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa / Janaury 2018 Purple-crested Turaco / Salt Rock, KwaZulu Natal / 19 March 2014 Purple-crested Turaco / False Bay Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa / Janaury 2018 Purple-crested Turaco – male / Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa / 14 April 2011 Purple-crested Turaco / False Bay Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa / Janaury 2018 Purple-crested Turaco / False Bay Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa / Janaury 2018 Purple-crested Turaco / False Bay Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa / Janaury 2018 Purple-crested Turaco / Salt Rock, KwaZulu Natal / 19 March 2014 Purple-crested Turaco – female / Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa / 14 April 2011 Purple-crested Turaco – male / Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa / 14 April 2011 Purple-crested Turaco – female / Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa / 14 April 2011
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