Area of zoo
Orange zone
Enclosure status
Open
Population in the wild
Decreasing
IUCN status
Least Concern
Latin name
Tauraco erythrolophus
Order
Musophagiformes
Type
Birds
Family
Musophagidae
Region
Angola
Habitat
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? 

Angola.

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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