Family Turacos (Musophagidae)

Least Concern

Hartlaub's Turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi)


French: Touraco de Hartlaub German: Seidenturako Spanish: Turaco de Hartlaub

Corythaix hartlaubi

G. A. Fischer and Reichenow

, 1884,

Mt Meru, northern Tanzania


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


Centred around Kenyan Highlands, extending into E Uganda (at Mts Morongole, Moroto, Kadam, Debasien and Elgon) and into N Tanzania (at Loliondo, Longido, Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, North and South Pares and W Usambaras).

Descriptive notes

43 cm; male 210–270 g, female 195–275 g. Adult has forehead, rounded bushy crest and nape glossy blue-black, with a prominent white patch in front of eye, itself... read more


Main call (given especially morning and evening) is series of c. 12 loud, throaty “kwa” notes... read more


Montane evergreen forest at 1500–3200 m; in C Kenya, also occurs in well-timbered suburban... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily fruits and berries, particularly Chaetacme, Elaeodendron, Euclea, Trema, Duranta,... read more


Breeds Apr–Dec, with peaks coinciding with periods of high rainfall. Monogamous and territorial. Nest a shallow platform (c. 20 cm in... read more


Sedentary throughout its range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common everywhere within its range, and still found to be locally abundant in many areas above 2000 m. Some populations in N... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Hartlaub's Turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi). 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 28 February 2020).