Violaceous turaco

Musophaga violacea

The violaceous turaco is a large forest bird native to Western Africa.

Violaceous turaco behavior and facts

  • Violaceous turacos eat fruit, nuts and seeds. They are often called violet plantain-eaters.
  • Each foot possesses three forward-pointing toes and one toe that can be pointed either forward or backward.
  • It frequents forests, drainage areas with large fruits trees and mangroves.

From birth to death

  • Violaceous turacos are almost always seen in pairs.
  • Their nests are frail, flat stick platforms contructed in tree tops.
  • Breeding is thought to be synchronous with the rainy season.
  • Clutch: 2 eggs


IUCN least concern

Violaceous turacos, the Oregon Zoo and you

The zoo's violaceous turacos live in the Howard Vollum Aviary exhibit.