White-cheeked Turaco

Scientific Name

Tauraco leucotis


The white-cheeked turaco is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family. It is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

The white-cheeked turaco is mostly green in colour and has a blue tail. The feathers on the underside of the wings are crimson coloured. These birds also have a red beak and red eye rings. Another striking feature includes their white patches in front of their eyes and on their neck.

Turacos are the only birds to possess true red and green pigmentation. The colour you are seeing when you look at most other birds is a reflection produced by the feather structure. The turaco's red and green pigment contain copper. If you stirred a glass of water with a red turaco feather, the water would turn pink!


They mainly eat fruit and some invertebrates. 

Size Fact

The average white-cheeked turaco measures about 43 cms in length, including a tail of 19 cms.

Food Fact

Turacos are a food source for many animals larger than themselves.

Fun Fact

On a turaco's head is a beautiful crest which stands about 5cm tall when they are excited!

IUCN Red list

Turacos are classified as Least Concern on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

Turacos live in central and south Africa in tall forests, riverside forests, evergreen forests and wooded valleys.

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