Area of zoo
Orange zone
Enclosure status
Population in the wild
IUCN status
Least Concern
Scientific name
Tauraco erythrolophus
Tropical forests

What do red-crested turacos look like?  

Brightly coloured, the red-crested turaco features a white face, with distinctive red head feathers and a green body, while feathers on its wings are bright red and dark blue.

Red-crested turaco facts 

  • Its nest is a fragile platform of twigs placed in a tree 3-5 metres above the ground.
  • These birds often sit totally still in trees for hours and climb around like parrots. Look carefully among the leaves.
A red-crested turaco sitting on a fine tree branch.

What do red-crested turacos eat?

Fruit, berries, flower buds, young leaf shoots and insects.

Red-crested turacos habitat 

Tropical forests.

Where do red-crested turacos live? 


What threats do red-crested turacos face? 

Habitat destruction.

Where can I find red-crested turacos at London Zoo? 

You can find the red-crested turacos in the Blackburn Pavilion in the Zoo's Orange zone. 

Birds at the Zoo

  • A greater flamingo with a chick
    Phoenicopterus roseus

    Greater flamingo

    Flamingos get their pink colour from the algae and brine shrimp that they eat.

  • Splendid sunbird perched on a flower
    Nectarinia coccinigaster

    Splendid sunbird

    Splendid sunbirds can hoover just like a hummingbird, to feed on nectar from flowers.

  • The Bird Safari habitat at London Zoo
    Walk into our African aviary

    Bird Safari

    Discover a variety of stunning, winged wildlife from the world's second largest continent with London Zoo's Bird Safari.

  • A pair of pelicans at London Zoo
    Pelecanus onocrotalus

    Eastern white pelican

    They use their large bills to scoop up fish and often fish in groups, stretched out in a line to surround a shoal of fish. 

  • Waldrapp ibis at London zoo
    Geronticus eremita

    Waldrapp ibis

    There are only around 250 of these birds left in the wild, spread thinly across many countries.

  • Hyacinth macaw
    Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus

    Hyacinth macaw

    The largest parrot in the world, these birds have beaks strong enough to break metal and be heard up to 1km away.

  • Spectacled Owl in the forest
    Pulsatrix perspicillata

    Spectacled owl

    Spectacled owls are a rainforest owl species, which hunt at night by watching from a branch with their keen eyesight, then drop silently on to their prey with a swift pounce.

  • Ruppell's griffon vulture close up
    Gyps rueppelli

    Ruppell’s griffon vulture

    This vulture holds the record for the greatest flying height recorded for any bird.

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