Fischer's Turaco

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

Distribution map

Fischer's Turaco

(Tauraco fischeri)

Two sub-species:

(T.f.fischeri, T.f.zanzibaricus)

Fischer's Turaco. Click to enlarge.

A member of the Green Turaco super-species, Fischer's Turaco boasts a distinctive white and black tipped red crest. The red pigmentation also appears dorsal along the nape of the neck.The sub-species T.f.zanzibaricus is noteworthy, as it is the only Turaco species to be found outside mainland Africa - living on the offshore island of Zanzibar. T.f.zanzibaricus differs from the nominate by having violet-blue upper parts rather than green. Fischer's Turaco measures approximately 40cm in length, beak to tail, and weighs between 227g and 283g. Within its distribution, this bird prefers mature woodland and forestry from sea level to 1250m. It typically feeds on available fruits. One individual was once observed killing (and eating) a small bird, but this is believed to be highly unusual.

CITES II: Not globally threatened, but both forms are vulnerable to forest clearance and trapping. The T.f.fischeri population is estimated at around 2000 individuals. It is estimated that there are approximately 50 pairs of T.f.zanaibaricus on the island of Zanzibar.

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