French: Touraco louri German: Helmturako Spanish: Turaco de Knysna
Other common names:
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. c. phoebus
Neumann, 1907 – NE South Africa (E Limpopo and Mpumalanga) and NW Swaziland.
T. c. corythaix
(Wagler, 1827) – E & S South Africa from W KwaZulu-Natal S to S Western Cape.
45–47 cm; male 280–380 g, female 262–350 g. Adult has rounded, erectile, “helmet-like” crest green, tipped white; head, neck, breast and mantle... read more
Main call a series of 10–25 raucous grating notes, initially faint with short notes, then louder... read more
Coastal and inland evergreen forest, from sea-level to 1800 m.
Food and feeding
Although primarily a fruit-eater, particularly favouring Rothmannia capensis, Rapanea melanophloeos, Apodytes... read more
Breeds Nov–Jan and Jun–Jul in S & E Cape Province, Aug–Nov in Natal. Nest a shallow platform of sticks, much like... read more
Mainly sedentary throughout its range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. A fairly common resident over much of its range, but the ever-shrinking extent of coastal forests in Cape Province and adjacent areas will... read more
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