The purple-crested turaco is endemic to Southeastern Africa and is the national bird of the Kingdom of Eswatini. Its habitats of choice are moist woodlands, evergreen thickets, and riparian growths (vegetative areas adjacent to waterbodies), but they have since adapted well to suburban life.
Both sexes have brilliant glossy plumage with an iridescent dark-violet crown. Moreover, their flight feathers are crimson red in color, which they incorporate into their main courting display by spreading their wings.
They are large fruit-eating birds that often consume whole fruits and regurgitate the seeds intact elsewhere, aiding in many plants’ seed dispersal. They have poor flight; being primarily arboreal, they can be seen expertly gliding from canopy to canopy.
Anything we've missed?
Help us improve this page by suggesting edits. Glory never dies!Suggest an edit
Get to know me
Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No