Purple-crested Turaco (Lourie).

The Purple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus) is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family. It is found in South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

This bird has a purple coloured crest above a green head, a red ring around their eyes, and a black bill. The neck and chest are green and brown. The rest of the body is purple, with red flight feathers.

They live in moist woodland and evergreen forests. They eat mainly fruits.

The Purple-crested Turaco is the National Bird of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The crimson flight feathers of this and related Turaco species are important in the Ceremonial Regalia of the Saswati Royal Family.

It was listed in 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species… It is quite common on the South Coast of Natal, where I managed to capture these photos.. but it is a shy bird and although you hear them they are difficult to capture in flight and in the trees as they choose dense foliaged trees to sit in… In five years these are the only photos I got.. although they spent a lot of time in the trees on our property..

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32 thoughts on “Purple-crested Turaco (Lourie).

    • Try my life out to catch them on camera… at times they fly overhead in a glide… if one could only capture that as the colours seem to change with their angle to the sun… magnificent..

  1. I agree the third photo wins the contest– totally posing for you BD!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ What colors on this creature — so amazing you see them in your yard on a regular basis! I hope the species can be protected ~xo

      • Like the day I was sitting at the lake and a duck flew past my face and straight into the side of a bridge. He fell into the water, resurfaced, looked around, brushed himself off and started flying again! Hmmm – where’s the video camera when you need it!

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