Prince Ruspoli's Turaco

Distribution map of Prince Ruspoli's Turaco. Click to enlarge.

Distribution map

Prince Ruspoli's Turaco

(Tauraco ruspolii)

Prince Ruspoli's Turaco. Click to enlarge.

Its restricted range coupled with infrequent sightings has given the Ruspoli's Turaco a reputation for being close to the brink of extinction. However, recent evidence suggests that the species is not as uncommon as once thought, though its distribution is very small. The Ruspoli inhabits many of the same areas as the White-cheeked Turaco (T.leucotis), but remains distinct by reason of habitat and temporal segregation. Also present from 1250-1860m, Ruspoli's Turaco prefers acacia or conifer woodland and is primarily frugivorous. The typical Ruspoli measures around 40cm from beak to tail, and weighs approximately 200-290g.

CITES II: Endangered, but more numerous than once thought. Its range is restricted and subject to deforestation and degradation.

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