The Purple Crested Turaco

GoBundu will be issuing a weekly Birding Blog Post.  Each post will feature a bird that has been sighted by GoBundu on their travels around Southern Mozambique over the last 16 years, together with a link that takes you to the exact google earth location where the specific bird was sighted.  If you are a keen birder keep an eye on GoBundu Facebook page and Blog every Wednesday for specific locations where you can spot various birdlife.

Purple Crested Turaco

Click here to view the precise sighting location where GoBundu saw a Purple Crested Turaco: 

GoBundu spotted this bird on Baleia Azul Estate in Ponta Mamoli.  Other birds spotted here where:

Sombre Bulbul
Black eyed bulbul
Burchells Coucal

Darker than the very green Knysna Turaco.  It differs from that species mainly by its purple crest, which appears black unless it is seen in good light, and by the lack of white around the eyes and on the crest.  Like Knysna Turaco, it is very furtive and is usually seen only as it leaps from tree to tree, when the red in its wings is conspicuous.

Habitat:  Coastal and riverine forests and broad-leaved woodland.

Status:  Common resident.

Call:  A loud ‘kok-kok-kok-kok’
Happy Birding!

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