International Turaco Society



Welcome to our Website


A Turaco is an exotic African softbill.

The attractive pair canoodling here are White-cheeked Turacos. Later we will introduce you to many more species as you continue to tour the site. Please select your destination using the navigation buttons on the left.

Pair of White-cheeked Turacos

The International Turaco Society aims to research and promote good husbandry practices; support conservation projects that have an impact on wild populations and unite turaco enthusiasts around the world.

The International Turaco Society was set up in 1993 by a group of turaco enthusiasts who met at the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford (Oxfordshire in England). Anyone interested in any aspect of keeping or breeding turacos is welcome to join.

Membership subscription for 2018 was due on 1st January 2018, so if you haven't renewed yet and wish to continue to be a member and receive copies of Issue 49 (posted out 23/04/18) and 50, then please pay your subscription now.
Thank you to the majority of members who have already paid for 2018.
  If you haven't already done so, members please also complete and submit the e-mail consent form, which can be found here.  Thank you.

Membership rates for 2018:

  • £15 U.K. or overseas, if you want Issues 49 and 50 posted to you.
  • £10 U.K. or overseas, if you want Issues 49 and 50 sent via e-mail link to download as pdfs.

Please support the I.T.S.  You can apply or renew on line.
If you wish to pay your subscription directly into the ITS bank account, please contact the webmaster for details of our new account, from March 2017.

Members, remember that you can advertise turacos wanted or for sale on this website, free of charge, see here.  

A link to a pdf copy of Issue 50, Autumn 2018, was e-mailed out to all 2018 and 2019 pdf members on 12/10/18.
Issue 50, was posted out to all 2018 and 2019 paid-up members on 12/10/18.

If you have a news item or an article with photographs for Issue 51, then please e-mail them to our editor: James Taylor:

What's new on the site? (newest first)
  • Members adverts - turacos wanted or for sale - updated 20th November
  • Numbers of members and which countries they come from (members only, link 'Information') - updated 2nd November
  • Date for 2019 AGM will be Sunday 7th April. More details will be here soon - added 26th September.
  • 1,2 Fischer's Turacos wanted, see here - added 31st August
  • ITS Magazine Issue 49 available for purchase - added 3rd May
  • Magazine extract for Issue 49: "How to prevent turaco escapes" here - added 3rd May
  • Long-term member of the ITS wishes to sell many of the turacos from his collection here - added 22nd April
  • Minutes of 2018 Committee Meeting and A.G.M. (members only, link 'Meetings') - added 28th March
  • Members personal details, by request only (members only, link 'Information') - updated 27th March
  • Committee members - new secretary Mark Smith here - edited 25th March
  • Privacy policy and e-mail consent form for members here - added 24th March
  • Chairman's report (including accounts for the year) given at 2018 A.G.M. (members only, link 'Meetings') - added 24th March
  • Request for help to house birds from ITS members Dick & Kay Jaquest here - added 11th March
  • ITS Magazine Issue 48 available for purchase - added 5th March
  • Magazine extract for Issue 48 (members link 'Resources') - added 5th March
  • Magazine contents full list - updated 5th March
  • Bibliography of articles from ITS Magazines on Turaco Management and Wild Observations (members only, link 'Resources') - updated 5th March
  • Removed 20 members from 2016 who have not paid for 2017 or 2018 - 28th February
  • Link to EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for Turaco prepared by Louise Peat, Cotswold Wildlife Park - here - added 22nd February
  • Update of members' password for 2018 (members only) - 1st January
  • Link to a good site about bird watching for beginners - other sites - added 6th June
  • Shop updated - "Turacos in Aviculture" by Kateri Davis - here and Livingstone's Turaco Lapel Badge - here

Contact ITS Secretary
E-mail: Mark Smith

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