French: Touraco à bec noir German: Schwarzschnabelturako Spanish: Turaco piquinegro
Tala Magongo, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
T. s. schuettii
(Cabanis, 1879) – S Central African Republic#R, DRCongo E to Ituri Basin, S to Angolan border.
T. s. emini
Reichenow, 1893 – South Sudan, E DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya to NW Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.
c. 40 cm; male 215–267 g, female 199–272 g. Adult very similar to T. persa, but with a small and almost all-black bill, and a more evenly rounded crest... read more
Main call is a series of 10–22 raucous cawing notes, initially starting faint, then becoming faster... read more
Canopy of lowland, intermediate and montane evergreen forest, from 500 m to 2800 m.
Food and feeding
Strictly frugivorous: particularly favours fruits of Alangium, Ekebergia, Ficus, Ilex, Maesa... read more
Breeds Mar, May, Aug–Sept and Dec in Zaire; Feb and May in Uganda. Nest a frail platform of twigs some 3–5 m above ground in... read more
Largely sedentary throughout range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Plentiful throughout much of its range, particularly in Zaire, where its resonant “khaw, khaw, khaw...” call is one of the most... read more
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