Violet turacos are spectacular jungle birds found only on the African continent. Being almost exclusively frugivorous, even when they are chicks, they form small groups when they gather to feed all together in the same area of the jungle.
In their plumage they have, as a trait unique to their family, two pigments not found in any other bird: turacine (of a red colour) and turacoverdin (green colour). The violet turaco is characterised, nevertheless, by the overall violet colour of its plumage, with its orange beak, yellow forehead and red crown.
The violet turaco lives only in the jungles of West Africa, from the south of Senegal as far as Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, with some small, isolated populations in the south of Chad and the north of the Central African Republic.
Like all jungle birds, today it is in danger, principally due to deforestation of its habitat.