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Alternative names: Green Turaco; Green-crested Turaco; Green Lourie; Turacus persa
40cm. Typical "green", round-crested Turaco. Forehead and crown green with a yellow component, small red tips to the crown/crest. Nape and upper back lack yelow component. Lower back, rump and upper tail coverts very dark green. Lores yellowish green with vertical white line in front of the eye and a very thin black line along the lower edge. Thin black eyestripe behind the eye, a thin white stripe running from under the eye to the upper rear corner of the earcoverts, ear coverts and sides to the neck bright green. Chin, throat, upper breast and fore flanks bright green. Rest of underparts dark green. Wing coverts bronzy-purple, primaries and secondaries bright rufous with black tips. Tail blackish-green with a purpleish gloss. Bill red with a small black tip, eyering bright red, eye dark, legs and feet black.
Tauraco persa has three subspecies:
Found in lowland and gallery forest. Often along edges of cultivation and along rivers.
Feeds mainly on fruits, takes also flowers and buds.
Breeding season differs through range. The nest is a platform made of sticks and twigs. It's placed in the thickest part of an isolated bush or tree, 1.5 to 5.3 m above the ground. Lays generally 2 eggs.
Barking "kow kow kow kow", sounds like a yapping dog at any distance. Regular in spacing. ====Movements A sedentary species. Some birds occasionally wander to riverine and gallery forests in search of food.
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