French: Touraco violet German: Schildturako Spanish: Turaco violáceo
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S Senegambia and Guinea E to N Nigeria and NW Cameroon, extending S to the coast in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo (but not in Sierra Leone, Liberia or Nigeria); also an apparently isolated population in extreme S Chad and N Central African Republic.
c. 50 cm; c. 360 g. Adult has crown and nape crimson, the feathers short and velvety; ear-coverts silky white; chin, throat and neck glossy violaceous blue-black; upper... read more
Main call a series of rather dove-like mellow rolling notes, often given simultaneously by several... read more
Typically in gallery forest, forest edge and fringing forests along watercourses in mesic or arid... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily fruits, berries and seeds, with figs (Ficus) favoured at all times.
Breeds in Apr in Senegambia, Jun–Oct in Nigeria. Nest a fragile pigeon-type platform of sticks and twigs, some 6 m above ground in a... read more
Very little precise information available. Species is probably sedentary, or at least mainly so;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in several areas, and possibly even very common in some places, but no detailed data on numbers. Populations in Guinea, Sierra Leone,... read more
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