The Violet Turaco, also known as the Violaceous Plantain Eater (Musophaga violacea), is a large turaco, a group of African near-passerines. It is a resident breeder in the forests of tropical west Africa. It lays two eggs in a tree platform nest.
These are unmistakable birds, although often inconspicuous in the treetops. They are 45 cm (18 in) long, including a long tail. The plumage is glossy violet, except for the yellow forehead and chestnut crown; the bill is thick and red. In flight, Violet Turaco's crimson primary flight feathers contrast with the violet plumage.
Violet Turaco has a loud cooroo-cooroo call.
At Atlanta Zoo, Georgia, USA
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- Bent, Nancy; Corbett, Francine (1993). "Helping behaviour and other observations on nesting in the violet turaco". Avicultural Magazine 99 (3): 132–135. ISSN 0005-2256.
Birds of The Gambia by Barlow, Wacher and Disley, ISBN 1-873403-32-1