Habitat and Ecology
Life History and Behavior
Lifespan, longevity, and ageing
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2008Least Concern
- 2004Least Concern
The White-cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis) is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family. It is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. A mid-sized species is measures 43 cm (17 in) in length, including a tail of 19 cm (7.5 in), and weighs 200–315 g (7.1–11.1 oz). This species is the most commonly raised in captive conditions (Many references in ITS Magazine)
The White-crested Turaco has been shown to hybridise with the sympatric Prince Ruspoli's Turaco (Tauraco ruspolii) that contributed more to concerns about Ruspoli's Turaco that is considered endangered </gallery> There is a subspecies of Tauraco leucolophus - Tauraco l donaldsoni that is quite distinct in plumage colour - this eastern population is separated from the larger population by the escarpment
In captivity a 'cinnamon' colour sport (a recessive colour mutation) first occurred spontaneously in birds bred by Mr D Jones in Gloucestershire, England and is now in present in captive birds in other countries.
A single white-cheeked Turaco has been living wild in east London (Leytonstone and South Woodford). The sighting was recorded and confirmed in October 2009. It has survived the climate and potential predators for at least four years and appears to be living in harmony with native species. It's believed to be an escaped or released pet. Sightings in gardens have continued to delight Londoners into September 2013.
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References[edit source | edit]
- International Turaco Society ITS Magazine 1993-2012
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