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Violaceous Turaco

Musophaga violacea

Cuculiformes - Musophagidae - Turacos

Violaceous Turaco - Adult

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Violaceous Turaco - Adult

Distribution: Africa - Senegambia and Guinea east to North Nigeria and Cameroon, south to Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo. Isolated population in Chad and North Central African Republic.

Habitat: Gallery forest, forest edge and forests along watercourses, suburban parks and gardens.

Diet: Fruit, berries and seeds.

Breeding: Nest on a fragile platform of twigs and sticks in a leafy tree, 6 meters off the ground.

Clutch size: Usually two white eggs.

Incubation: Shared by both sexes - 25-26days.

Rearing: The young are fed by both sexes. Chicks fed by parents regurgitating food into beak.


Protocol from Lotherton Bird Gardens

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Protocol established 2005
Used on 2 individuals
Success rate 100.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1997). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol4. Sandgrouse to Cukoos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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