Family Turacos (Musophagidae)


Bannerman's Turaco (Tauraco bannermani)


French: Touraco doré German: Bannermanturako Spanish: Turaco de Bannerman

Proturacus bannermani


, 1923,

Banso Mountains, north of Kumbo, Cameroon


Recent study of mtDNA data provides strong support for a clade comprising present species, morphologically similar T. erythrolophus and notably dissimilarT. leucolophus#R. Monotypic.


Bamenda-Banso Highlands of NW Cameroon.

Descriptive notes

c. 43 cm; 200–250 g. Adult has grey lores, chin and cheeks; forehead dark grey with crimson wash; crown, crest and nape crimson (feather bases greenish grey); sides of... read more


Main call is a series of 7–12 raucous cawing notes delivered at a steady pace and preceded by a... read more


Canopy and middle stratum of montane forest. Reported to be able to survive in damaged secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily fruits and berries of Podocarpus milanjensis; also figs.


Breeds Mar–Jun, in early rainy season. Nest a flimsy platform of twigs, well hidden in thickest part of an isolated tree or bush,... read more


Sedentary throughout range.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Montane species confined to Bamenda Highlands. Considered Vulnerable until 2000, this... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, D.A., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2019). Bannerman's Turaco (Tauraco bannermani). 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 on 6 December 2019).