The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Purple-crested Turaco

Afrikaans name: Bloukuifloerie

Purple-crested Turaco

Purple-crested Turaco

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Tauraco porphyreolophus

The Purple-crested Turaco, also called the Purple-crested Lourie, is one of South Africa's most beautiful birds. One of its most stunning features is the red in its wings when it flies.

It is a species that loves forests and woodlands but has also established itself in gardens with lots of trees in the neighbourhood.

The main food eaten by the Purple-crested Turaco is fruit.

The range of the Purple-crested Turaco is from KwaZulu-Natal in the south to Tanzania in the north.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 108

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Published: 1983 - Page: 217

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 137

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 165

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 139

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 232

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 224

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 319

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 231

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 239

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 323

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 178

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 206

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 206

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 156

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 64

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 104

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 38

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 39

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 139

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 98

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 66

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 121

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 111

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 111

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 83

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 150

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