Fischer’s Turaco

Tauraco corythaix fischeri

A Flash in the Shadows

Turacos are large birds that live primarily in heavily wooded areas. They prefer the shaded areas of the uppermost reaches of trees. Many of the different species of turacos are a dark green body color. They have brightly colored feathers under their wings which show up as flashes of color as they move through the canopies of trees.

Turacos prefer to eat mainly fruits, but on occasion they will eat flowers, snails, and small insects.

Conservation status: Fischer’s Turacos are considered near threatened. The primary concern for their population is loss of habitat due to deforestation and trapping of wild birds.

Did you know?
Turacos are not particularly strong fliers, but they can move swiftly through the tops of trees by running along branches.