Bannerman's Turaco

Distribution map of Bannerman's Turaco. Click to enlarge.

Distribution map

Bannerman's Turaco

(Tauraco bannermani)

Bannerman's Turaco. Click to enlarge.

Bannerman's Turaco is monotypic, but forms a super-species with the morphologically similar T. erythrolophus. The last Turaco species to be discovered, in 1923, the Bannerman's has a high profile amongst environmental conservationists, with several organisations campaigning to ensure its survival. The species measures approximately 43cm from beak to tail, and typically weighs around 200-250g. The distribution of Bannerman's Turaco today (in the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon) covers a very small area, and is only a relic of its former range. The remaining available habitat is at high altitude (1700-2950m), and might be the species' only protection against continuing deforestation. Information on diets is understandably vague, but doubtless fruits make up most of the Bannerman's diet.

CITES I: The remaining population is highly vulnerable and its continued existence threatened by deforestation. The habitat of the Bannerman's Turaco is estimated to have been reduced by 50% between 1965 and 1985.

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