Turaco

Turaco

There are over two dozen turaco species, all native to equatorial Africa. Seeing one of these handsome birds in its native forest or woodland habitat takes patience, persistence, and a good set of binoculars. But you’re in luck—you can see green (pictured), Ross's, great blue, and red-crested turacos with ease in the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle!

Watch a turaco and notice how often it uses its wings—or doesn’t. With short, rounded wings, the turaco is a poor flyer but agile in the trees. It runs along tree branches, using its long tail to stay balanced. The turaco can rotate its outermost front toes to access food in a variety of ways—even while hanging upside down!

When excited, the red-crested turaco may raise its crest to a height of two inches. This crimson-capped bird is the national bird of Angola, where most of the wild population lives.

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