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Livingstone's Turaco

Tauraco livingstonii

Cuculiformes - Musophagidae - Turacos

Livingstone's Turaco - Adult

© Kateri Davis

Livingstone's Turaco - AdultLivingstone's Turaco - 3 day old chick

Distribution: Highlands E of Rift in Malawi and adjacent N Mozambique, S to Zimbabwe

Habitat: Coastal and montane evergreen forest

Diet: Fruit

Breeding: Nest is a well woven platform of sticks and twigs, in the thickest part of a bush or tree.

Clutch size: 2 eggs

Incubation: 22 - 23 days


Protocol from Davis Lund Aviaries

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Protocol established 1993
Used on ? individuals
Success rate ?%


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.

Link to Turacos in Aviculture book. Kateri Davis, Davis Lund Aviaries

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