Great Blue Turaco

Range
Found throughout equatorial Africa, from Guinea and Sierra Leone, through the Congo and Kenya, and south to Rwanda and Burundi. Probably the greatest range of any of the turacos.

Habitat
Mainly rainforest, but at a variety of altitudes.

Distinguishing characteristics
he largest of all the turacos at 30 inches long, and with a weight of up to 2.7 pounds. Blue with a yellow and red beak and yellow tail feathers, and with a striking crest on top of its head.

DIETARY CLASSIFICATION:[/b]
Diet in Zoo: Fruit, nutritional pellet diet.
Diet in Wild: Various fruits and also some leaves, buds and flowers.

REPRODUCTION:
Breeding season/period: Both sexes help build a nest of dried sticks, often just big enough to support the two blue-green eggs. Both parents care for the young which fledge 5-6 weeks after hatching.
Incubation: 29-31 days.

BEHAVIOR/ADAPTATIONS:
Turaco feathers are unique in that they actually contain some pigment. The color of most bird feathers are simply a refraction of wavelengths of light. Great blue turaco are rather clumsy fliers and spend most of the time high in the canopy. They are rarely found on the ground.

RELATIVES:
Turacos are most closely related to the cuckoo bird family.

PREDATORS:
Civets, small wild cat species, hawks and owls and large snakes.

CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least Concern (IUCN, 2013). Despite losing habitat throughout the last century and being hunted for bush meat over much of its range, Great Blue Turaco populations appear stable.