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Purple-crested Turaco

Purple-crested Turaco

National bird of Swaziland

About This Bird

Purple-crested Turaco

Gallirex porphyreolophus, previously known as Tauraco porphyreolophus


The Purple-Crested Turaco is the national bird of the Kingdom of Swaziland in Africa.

As the name suggests, this Turaco sports a fine purple crest on its green head, with red ringed eyes, a brown and green breast and purple back. What great colours – so great in fact the Swazi royal family use their crimson flight feathers as part of their regalia.

These birds are between 42cm and 46cm in length and weigh 200g – 290g.

They live in the moist woodlands of Swaziland and feast on mainly fruit. The life of a Purple-Crested Turaco is not a bad one!