Order Musophagiformes

Family Musophagidae

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  • Medium-sized to large, fairly stocky arboreal birds with a rather long tail and short, rounded wings; head often with prominent crest and strikingly coloured; plumage largely glossy.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Forest, woodland and savanna.
  • 40-75 cm.
  • 7 genera, 24 species, 39 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Turner, D.A. (2020). Turacos (Musophagidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52257 on 18 January 2020).