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Violet Turaco

Musophaga violacea

About the Violet Turaco

conservation status: least concern

Geographic Range:

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Class: Aves
Order: Musophagiformes
Family: Musophagidae
Genus: Musophaga
Species: violacea

Violet turacos are named for their bluish-violet wings and back, highlighted by a small red patch of feathers that spreads widely when in flight. They live on a diet of mostly fruits. As their nickname "the violaceous plantain-eater" implies, the fruits in their diet include plantain as well as figs and a mix of other fruits.