Green Turaco

Green Turaco at Wingham Wildlife Park

These grow to lengths of 40cm to 43cm and can weigh 225g to 290g.

Habitat and Distribution
Its preferred habitat is along the edges of mature rainforest, often bordered by rivers. Their range covers much of Western Africa including Senegal, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Mali and Gambia.

This bird is known to live for 5 to 9 years.

In the wild it will mainly feed on wild fruits but where the opportunity arises will eat fruits cultivated by farmers in surrounding areas. Even though fruits make up the bulk of their diet, leaves, flowers and even a variety of insects do also feature on their menu.

Groups and Breeding
The females lay 2 eggs at a time in platform nests high in the trees.

The biggest threat for these birds is deforestation in many areas across its vast range.

Interesting facts
Their flight is relatively weak and instead often they can be seen running through the tree tops.