Hartlaub's Turaco

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

Distribution map

Hartlaub'sTuraco

(Tauraco hartlaubi)

Hartlaub's Turaco. Click to enlarge.
 

Monotypic, Hartlaub's Turaco forms a super-species with T. leucotis. Morphologically similar to the T.Leucotis, the Hartlaub's is distinguished by a dark bill and deep blue upper parts (posterior to scapulars), with only a narrow white line between the orbit and the ear coverts. A typical specimen of this species would measure approximately 43cm beak to tail, and weigh around 195-275g. Its lower cost than other species in the past made it popular with collectors, but breeding results have been relatively poor, so now there are fewer around. Of all the turacos maintained in captivity, the Hartlaub's is the best known for its male aggression to females (and occasionally vice-versa), making it an awkward species to keep; however, patience, perseverance and seasonal segregation can be effective. In the wild, Hartlaub's Turaco is another high-altitude species, preferring forest habitats at 1500-3200m, where it habitually feeds on fruits and plant matter, but also some arthropods.

CITES II: Not globally threatened, indeed considered common throughout its range.

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