Family Turacos (Musophagidae)

Near Threatened

Fischer's Turaco (Tauraco fischeri)


French: Touraco de Fischer German: Fischerturako Spanish: Turaco de Fischer

Corythaix Fischeri


, 1878,

Witu, Kenya


Phylogenetic study suggests that this species may be part of a clade that contains also T. schalowi, T. hartlaubi, T. schuettii, T. livingstonii, T. corythaix and T. persa#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. fischeri (Reichenow, 1878) – S Somalia, coastal Kenya (inland along R Tana to Bura), and NE Tanzania from E Usambaras S to R Wami.
  • T. f. zanzibaricus Pakenham, 1938 – Zanzibar.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 40 cm; male 230–269 g, female 227–283 g. Unmistakable with white-tipped crimson crest, blackish at tallest point; nape also crimson; upperparts, including... read more


    Main call a series of 14–18 raucous cawing notes, initially starting faint with less harsh notes,... read more


    Forest and wooded thickets, favouring canopy and sub-canopy of mature fruiting trees. Sea-level to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Primarily a fruit-eater: particular preference for the yellow berries of Pachystela brevipes. Also flower buds and young, pale... read more


    Breeds Jun in Kenya. Nest a frail platform of twigs placed 3–10 m above ground in thick tree foliage. Lays 2 almost spherical off-... read more


    Largely sedentary in all areas.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered near-threatened. Both races seriously affected by trapping and continuing clearance of coastal forests. The world... read more

    Recommended citation

    Turner, D.A. & Boesman, P. (2020). Fischer's Turaco (Tauraco fischeri). 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 23 February 2020).