French: Touraco à huppe splendide German: Glanzhaubenturako Spanish: Turaco crestimorado
Other common names:
Durban, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. chlorochlamys
Shelley, 1881 – SE Kenya through Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda to Zambia (Victoria Falls, Luano and Luangwa Valleys), Malawi and N Mozambique.
G. p. porphyreolophus
(Vigors, 1831) – Zimbabwe and Mozambique S to NE & E South Africa.
42–46 cm; male 225–303 g, female 218–328 g. Adult has forehead, superciliary area, cheeks and ear-coverts glossy emerald-green; rounded crown, crest... read more
Main call is a cackling series that starts fast, with short subdued notes that gradually become... read more
Typically in moist woodland, evergreen thickets and riparian growth, but also frequents coastal... read more
Food and feeding
Frugivorous. Favourite fruits include Ficus sycamorus, Ficus soldanella, Strychnos decussata, Strychnos... read more
Breeds Jan–Mar in Tanzania, Jan in Malawi, Dec in Zambia, Oct–Jan in Zimbabwe, Nov–Dec in S Africa. Nest a flimsy unlined... read more
Limited movements appear to occur, as birds are often liable to turn up at fruiting trees in areas... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. An essentially resident species which, although localized, is quite common in several parts of its southern African range. Owing to severe... read more
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