Fischer’s Turaco (Tauraco fischeri)


Fischer’s Turaco (Tauraco fischeri) is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family. Fischer’s Turaco inhabits coastal and riverine forest and woodland in Kenya, north-eastern Tanzania and southern Somalia. In Kenya and Tanzania, it is frequent to common (Fry et al. 1988, Seddon et al. 1999)in coastal forests from Boni south to Tanga, inland along the Tana River, and up to 1,500 m in the Usambara Mountains (Fry et al. 1988) where a population of over 1,000 individuals is thought to reside (L. Borghesio in litt. 2010). The subspecies T. f. zanzibaricus, endemic to Zanzibar (N. Baker in litt. 1999), was thought to number only 25-50 birds (D. A. Turner in litt. 1999), but following surveys in June-July 2001 the population has been estimated at c.1,400 individuals (Borghesio and Ndang’ang’a 2003). In Somalia, there are now probably fewer than 50 individuals left (D. A. Turner in litt. 1999), all in the lower Jubba valley, where up to 80% of the riverine forest has been cleared in less than 30 years (Madgwick 1986, Ash and Miskell 1998); there is thus little hope that the species will persist there. The total population is unknown but assumed to be 2,500-9,999 individuals. Although a limited time series of data suggests the population is Eastern Usambara is stable (L. Borghesio in litt. 2010), the population as a whole is probably declining due to trapping and the clearance of coastal forests (del Hoyo et al. 1997).


They prefer humid forests areas, their natural habitats include subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and moist montanes, and arable land. They can be seen in dry open savanna woodlands, farms, parks and suburban gardens – often near water.


The Fischer’s Turaco has a distinctive white and black tipped red crest. The red pigmentation also appears dorsal along the nape of the neck

They have violet-blue upper parts and measures approximately 40cm in length, beak to tail, and weighs between 227g and 283g.

Its diet is mainly fruit, like wild figs, berries, flowers and buds, leaves, termites and snails.


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Fischer's Turaco (Tauraco fischeri)

Fischer’s Turaco (Tauraco fischeri)

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