The White-cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis) is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family. It is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. A mid-sized species is measures 43 cm (17 in) in length, including a tail of 19 cm (7.5 in), and weighs 200–315 g (7.1–11.1 oz). This species is the most commonly raised in captive conditions (Many references in ITS Magazine)
The White-crested Turaco has been shown to hybridise with the sympatric Prince Ruspoli's Turaco (Tauraco ruspolii) that contributed more to concerns about Ruspoli's Turaco that is considered endangered </gallery> There is a subspecies of Tauraco leucolophus - Tauraco l donaldsoni that is quite distinct in plumage colour - this eastern population is separated from the larger population by the escarpment
In captivity a 'cinnamon' colour sport (a recessive colour mutation) first occurred spontaneously in birds bred by Mr D Jones in Gloucestershire, England and is now in present in captive birds in other countries.
- International Turaco Society ITS Magazine 1993-2012
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