White-faced turaco

Theme area:  El cañon de las aves
Scientific name:  Tauraco leucotis
Class:  Birds
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Tropical forest
Diet:  Fructivore
Weight:  200 - 300 gr
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The green and red pigments of their feathers are unique in the animal kingdom.

A non-migratory bird native to Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

It has two natural pigments in its feathers, green and red, which are not found in any other member of the animal kingdom. They have a dark crest on their head, which can bristle at will, and sport two white markings on their cheeks, hence their name. Its song or call sounds like the screech of a monkey.

It lives in groups of five to ten individuals in forests and savannahs. Pairs are monogamous and build unstable nests at high altitudes. The female lays 2 eggs which she incubates for 22 - 23 days. Both the male and female share the job of caring for the young.

It is an arboreal species that spends most of the day foraging in the trees and only descends to the ground to drink. It uses flight to move to a nearby tree or branch, but avoids long-distance flights.

Threats include habitat destruction and illegal trade in the species.

Conservation status
Extinct
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated

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that both sexes share the raising of offspring?
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