Tauraco

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Tauraco
Tauraco fischeri.jpg
Fischer's turaco
Tauraco fischeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Musophagiformes
Family: Musophagidae
Genus: Tauraco
Kluk, 1779
Species

14, see text

Tauraco is a genus of turacos. It contains the "typical" or green turacos; though their plumage is not always green all over, the presence of significant amounts of turacoverdin-colored plumage generally sets Tauraco species apart from other Musophagidae. Indeed, as opposed to any other known birds, Tauraco turacos are the only living bird taxa that have any significant green pigment whatsoever, as the greens of many parrots etc. are due to structural color, not pigment. Their genus name was derived from a native West African name.[1]

Species are:

The last species had sometimes been united with the Ruwenzori turaco (Ruwenzorornis), and the great blue turaco (Corythaeola cristata) with Gallirex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carnaby, Trevor (2008). Beat about the bush: Birds (1st ed.). Johannesburg: Jacana. p. 31. ISBN 9781770092419. 

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