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Turacos (Musiphagidae)

Turaco birds are made up of 18 species of African residents known for their gorgeous coloring and fruit eating. They are sometimes referred to as plantain eaters or Lourie and their proper name is the Musophagidae family which translates to “banana eaters”, although the majority of their diet is made up of things other than bananas. They are long-tailed, short-winged, and live in dense forest. The birds are noisy and have a variety of entertaining calls depending on the occasion and species.

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Turaco babys

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Name: Art
Posted: 5/16/2018
Phone: (323) 767-6141
Aviary: Quality pet shop
Location: California  
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All are hand fed babys, super tame, perfect condition, red creasted,white chick and green Turaco available $650 each

Birds available

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Name: Roberto Yoshida
Posted: 4/26/2018
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Location: Florida  
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3.0 Livingstone's turaco 1.0 Grey winged trumpeter Have those birds available and would like to move, email me for details on price and shipping Thank you Robert

surplus available

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Name: Stuart Denton
Posted: 4/12/2018
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Aviary: Averill farms
Location: Florida  
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Female white cheeked turaco,$275 each Female germaine peacock pheasant,$150 each. female Palawan peacock pheasant,$300 each. female bronze tail peacock pheasant.$250 each. Female grey jungle fowl,$60 each.


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Name: Ben Keller
Posted: 4/9/2018
Phone: (435) 239-0133
Aviary: Gallegos Aviary
Location: Utah  
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1.1 violet turaco pair 1000 1.1 western plantain eaters 1200 shipping available. Call or text.

Finches and other birds

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Name: Chris
Posted: 3/30/2018
Phone: (858) 329-5196
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Location: California  
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Violet turaco $1,100 a pair Male Keel bill toucan $3500 Female keel bill toucan $3500 Mexican tanagers $425 pair  Paradise whydah 125 pair Pintail whydah 120 pair Blue Dacnis $450pair Village weavers $50 Diamond sparrow $125 Blue face parrot finch $125 Red ear waxbill $40 Shaft tail $45 Green s...

Birds For Sale

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Name: Kateri Davis
Posted: 3/13/2018
Phone: (Pre) fer-dule
Aviary: Davis Lund Aviaries, Specializing in Softbilled Birds
Location: Oregon  
Website: https://dlaviaries.wordpress.com

March Sale - Prices good until 03/31/18 All are mature parent/aviary raised (wild), sexed by Avian Biotech. No females available at this time. Male Red Crest Turaco - $300 Male White Cheek Turaco - $350 Male Spurwing Plover - $150 Shipping by airlines. Trades for other sof...

Turacos for Sale or Trade

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Name: Kateri Davis
Posted: 2/25/2018
Phone: (Pre) fer-dule
Aviary: Davis Lund Aviaries
Location: Oregon  
Website: https://dlaviaries.wordpress.com

2 male Red Crest Turacos ($400 each) and 2 male White Cheek Turacos ($450 each). Parent-raised 2017 (not tame), sexed by Avian Biotech. Shipping available. Trades for other softbills considered. Let me know what you have!

Turacos for sale

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Name: Cindy Bankston
Posted: 2/21/2018
Phone: (601) 657-1224
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Location: Mississippi  
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Males breeding age.  Green turaco (persa persa) also male Violet turaco.$300.00 each. I have shipping boxes for postal delivery. Thanks, Cindy


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Name: Mick Regas
Posted: 2/20/2018
Phone: (239) 994-3452
Aviary: Florida Avian Conservancy
Location: Florida  
Website: http://www.floridaavianconservancy.com

Turaco Chicks
  1. Livingstone's (2 pairs and extra females)
  2. Lady Ross (1 male, 1 female siblings)
  3. Violaceous (1 pair and an extra female that would lik...

Birds available

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Name: Ben
Posted: 2/7/2018
Phone: (435) 695-5233
Aviary: Gallegos aviary
Location: Utah  
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Chachalaca pair 400, red crested turaco pair 950, violet turaco pair 1000, white cheek turacos 500 each, male crested oropendola 600, elegant crested tinamou pair 5000, white crested hornbill pair 5000, green wing dove pair 500, Peruvian ground dove pair 150, pygmy ground dove pair 200, red golden p...

Turaco Video

Types of Turacos

Physical Excellence

Turaco species all vary in size, but all have their rich colors in common. About half the species are grayish, brown and white, but the other half is iridescent colors of green, red, and purple. Most have a predominant head crest. Each species have their own sounds. One's been nicknamed “The Go-Away Bird” for its alarming sound and sounding as if they are actually saying 'g'way, g'way”. Other species might “bark”, “laugh”, or “coo”.

Courtship and Reproduction

The Turaco is a social bird that can be found in noisy flocks, but nests alone. The male will do a type of dance and sometimes regurgitates meals for the female. The dance is like walking or leaping about the trees with its tail fanned exposing its crimson in its wings. The male and female usually look identical, but it is believed that their facial patterns play a role in mate recognition. Once they've mated, two or three eggs will be incubated on their interesting nest. Rather than a cup-like nest like most birds we hear of, the Turaco makes a flat platform of like materials. Once the chicks are hatched, they are quite able from the start and have pretty well-developed claws already. Turacos spend all of their time in tree-tops foraging for food. They can run rather quickly, but are not good flyers and don't migrate.


Like previously mentioned, the bird has been named as a banana eater, but its diet mainly consists of the things that are found where they nest, considerably high up in the trees. Fruit, buds, flowers, leaves, small insects, slugs, and snails are main parts of the diet. Their diet helps the ecosystem by dispersing seeds for plant reproduction. Sometimes they'll travel long distances to eat from a favorite tree.

In Captivity

Turacos can be viewed in some zoos and wildlife parks, and aren't uncommonly kept. They are an ideal animal for keeping because they live as well as 30 years of age in captivity and can be kept in large groups. The bird has a soft bill and should be given a diet appropriate for its bill. Plenty of information for keeping Turacos is readily available, another good factor for keeping wild animals.


For the most part, Turacos are considered low-risk with some species more endangered than others. Something that makes this bird rather special is that it has two copper pigments that haven't been discovered within any other bird species before. The crimson feathers mentioned in the section pertaining the male's courtship dance, are usually only seen when the bird is in flight and are also highly esteemed by African societies and are usually only worn in ceremonial attire.