Great blue turaco

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Great blue turaco
Great blue turaco (Corythaeola cristata).jpg
pair, Kibale Forest, Uganda
Call recorded in Kakamega Forest, Kenya
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Musophagiformes
Family: Musophagidae
Genus: Corythaeola
Heine, 1860
C. cristata
Binomial name
Corythaeola cristata
(Vieillot, 1816)

The great blue turaco (Corythaeola cristata) is a bird species of the family Musophagidae. It is the largest species of turaco. It is widespread throughout the African tropical rainforest. Generally, the great blue turaco is 70–76 cm (28–30 in) in length with a mass of 800–1,231 g (1.764–2.714 lb).[2] In the Bandundu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the great blue turaco is actively hunted for meat and feathers.[citation needed] The blue and yellow tail feathers are prized for making good luck talismans. In the area of Bandundu around the city of Kikwit, it is called "Kolonvo".[citation needed]

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At San Diego Zoo, California
Taxidermied specimen at Science Museum of the University of Coimbra, Portugal


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Corythaeola cristata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses by John B. Dunning Jr. (Editor). CRC Press (1992), ISBN 978-0-8493-4258-5.