Family Turacos (Musophagidae)

Least Concern

White-crested Turaco (Tauraco leucolophus)


French: Touraco à huppe blanche German: Weißhaubenturako Spanish: Turaco crestiblanco

Corythaix leucolophus


, 1855,

Bahr el Abiad, upper White Nile, southern Sudan


Recent study of mtDNA data provides strong support for a clade comprising present species, T. bannermani and T. erythrolophus#R. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Nigeria, N Cameroon (Adamawa Plateau) E across S Chad and N Central African Republic to SW & S South Sudan, NE DRCongo, N & C Uganda and W Kenya.

Descriptive notes

c. 40 cm; male 200–225 g, female 198–226 g. Unmistakable, with pure white crest, cheeks and neck contrasting sharply with glossy violaceous blue-black lores,... read more


Main call a series of 14–18 raucous cawing notes delivered at a steady pace and preceded by a... read more


Riverine gallery forest and wooded savannas, particularly where there is an abundance of creepers... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily fruits and berries, but also flowerheads, and some snails.


Breeds Aug in Nigeria, May in Central African Republic, Apr onwards in Zaire, May–Jun in Uganda. Nest a flimsy saucer-shaped platform... read more


Although largely sedentary throughout its range, it will frequently venture away from the thicker... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common in the Upper Nile regions of N Uganda and S Sudan, and locally common in W Kenya.

Recommended citation

Turner, D.A. & Boesman, P. (2019). White-crested Turaco (Tauraco leucolophus). 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 20 July 2019).