Wild Birds

Green Turaco

Green Turaco (Tauraco persa)

The Green Turaco or Green-crested Turaco, Tauraco persa, is a large turaco that is native to the forests of tropical West Africa.

It is even more dependent on this habitat than the Violet Turaco. Within its distribution range, it generally prefers mature rainforest edge habitats, bordered by rivers, and cultivated and urbanised environments from sea level to around 1100m.

Green Turaco Sitting On Top Of A Wooden Rail
Green Turacos Sitting On Top Of A Wooden Rail

Sub-Species / Races Including Nominate:

  • Green-crested (T.persa persa) – nominate form
  • Buffon’s Turaco (T.persa buffoni)
  • Guinea Turaco (T.persa zenkeri)

Nesting / Breeding:

This species is a common breeder in climax forests with plentiful tall trees. It usually lays two eggs in a tree platform nest.

Call / Song:

Green Turacos has a loud cawr-cawr call.

Close up Image of Green Turaco
Close up Image of Green Turacos


The Green Turaco is a truly striking bird, with brilliant green and blue plumage, a thick red bill and red and white eye patches. They have a green crest. In flight, Green Turaco’s crimson primary flight feathers contrast with the green plumage.

This large turaco measures around 40-43cm from beak to tail, and weighs between 225-290 grams.

These are unmistakable birds, although often inconspicuous in the treetops.



Gordon Ramel

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