The white-cheeked turaco (Tauraco leucotis) is characterized by its striking and beautiful multicolored plumage in which green predominates, with a long tail, short, rounded wings and a laterally flattened erectile crest. Its coloration is due to a unique pigment in nature that gives the color green and red to their feathers, this pigment contains copper, so if you put one of his feathers in a glass of water will dye the liquid.
The white-cheeked turaco communicates with calls in the form of a harsh, shrill bark that other animals, such as antelopes, recognize as an alarm signal. This sedentary, non-migratory bird is distributed throughout West Africa, where lives in groups of five to ten individuals in forests and savannahs, flying from tree to tree and nimbly leaping between the branches.
The white-cheeked turaco feeds on fruit, leaves, flowers and shoots, but can also eat insects, especially in the breeding season. It builds very unstable nests in the trees, composed of sticks and crossed branches. It breeds throughout the year and the clutch includes only two eggs that hatch into highly developed young.