Family Turacos (Musophagidae)

Least Concern

Red-crested Turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus)


French: Touraco de Pauline German: Rotschopfturako Spanish: Turaco crestirrojo

Opaethus erythrolophus


, 1819,



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


W & C Angola from lower R Congo S to Chingoroi, and E to at least Malanje and upper R Cuanza.

Descriptive notes

c. 40–43 cm; 210–325 g. Differs from T. bannermani (no geographical overlap) only in having some of crimson crest feathers white-tipped, and more... read more


Most similar to closely related T. bannermani, although latter’s are delivered at a more... read more


Primary and secondary evergreen and riverine gallery forests from R Congo in W of range, and... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually unknown. Crop of one specimen from Chingoroi contained seeds of Rubiaceae. Species presumably also takes fruits and berries.


Undescribed, but assumed to be similar to those of Tauraco species. One bird in breeding condition collected in Sept and observed... read more


Unknown. Presumably sedentary within its known range and habitat.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A very little-known species, but overall considered to be the commonest forest turaco in its range, being reportedly common in forest at... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Red-crested Turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus). 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 10 December 2019).