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Guinea turaco
Class Птицы
Order Туракообразные
Family Тураковые
Distribution West Africa

A typical representative of the Tauraco genus, which is characterized with a relatively short and slightly ventricose beak, a kind of semi-circular tuft on the head of an adult bird, and a relatively short rounded wings. The colouration is mostly green. The size of the bird is about 40cm, the weight does not exceed 300g. Like all representatives of the family, most of its life the Guinea turaco spends on trees, going down to the ground only for watering. They cannot fly very good, preferring to climb from branch to branch. It is a monogamous bird. The first scientific description of the Guinea turaco appeared in 1758 in the work “Systema Naturae” by Carl Linnaeus. Calling the bird with the name persa, translated from Latin as “Persian,” the author referred to the similarity of forms of the bird’s tuft and the tiara, the ancient Persian headdress. Green colour with metallic tint is an integral part of the ‘dress’ of all representatives of the Tauraco genus. And this unusual colour is not the result of the refraction of light rays in the microstructures of feathers, like in other birds. It appears due to a special pigment containing copper, called turacoverdin, which is not found in other animals


The diet mainly consists of the fruits of tropical plants: dates, wild figs. The birds also eat flowers and buds


Lifespan in nature is unknown, in captivity they live for over 10 years.

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