International Turaco Society



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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 2019 was due on 1st January, so if you haven't renewed yet and wish to continue to be a member and receive copies of Issue 51 and 52, then please pay your subscription now. Thank you to the members who have already paid.  If you haven't already done so, members please complete and submit the e-mail consent form, which can be found here.  Thank you.

Membership rates for 2019:

  • £15 U.K. or overseas, if you want Issues 51 and 52 posted to you.
  • £10 U.K. or overseas, if you want Issues 51 and 52 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 bank account.

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 51, Summer 2019, was e-mailed out to all 2019 pdf members on 19/08/19.
Issue 51, was posted out to all 2019 paid-up members on 19/08/19.
Apologies for the delay in producing this issue.

If you have anything which could be included in future issues, please e-mail them to

What's new on the site? (newest first)
  • Numbers of members and which countries they come from (members only, link 'Information') - updated 29th November
  • Members adverts - turacos wanted or for sale - updated 25th November
  • Lost and found' link to UK National Pet Register added - 28th September
  • Members personal details, by request only (members only, link 'Information') - updated 24th September
  • Link to a guide which helps you identify different tail feathers you might encounter in North America - other sites - added 6th August
  • Avicultural Society trip to Portugal on 11th - 14th October 2019 - see details here
  • Date for 2020 AGM will be Sunday 5th April at 2pm - to be confirmed - more details here - added 8th April 2019
  • Shop updated (Royal Mail price increases from 25th March 2019) - here
  • Magazine extract for Issue 50 (members link 'Resources') - added 5th March
  • Removed 12 members from 2017 who have not paid for 2018 - 3rd January
  • Update of members' password for 2019 (members only) - 1st January
  • ITS Magazine Issue 50 available for purchase - added 27th December
  • More copies of "Turacos In Aviculture" by Kateri Davis now available here - added 27th December
  • 1,2 Fischer's Turacos wanted, see here - added 31st August
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Link to EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for Turaco prepared by Louise Peat, Cotswold Wildlife Park - here - added 22nd February

Contact ITS Secretary
E-mail: Mark Smith

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