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Guinea Turaco

Tauraco persa
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
Range: 
West and Central Africa
Habitat: 
Climax forest with plentiful, tall trees

They are a medium sized turaco, with green feathers on their top/front half, fading into purple on their wings and tails.  Turacos have 15 red feathers on each wing.  Their red wing color is from turacine, a pigment unique to turacos that is 9% copper by weight!

They have semizygodactylous feet, with the ability to reposition their outer rear toes to point forwards or backwards. With three toes pointing forward they can generate more thrust while running, and with two pointing forward they can climb better. Juvenile birds also have wing claws to help them climb.

Guinea turacos travel in flocks of up to 30 birds. They eat fruits, blossoms, leaves, seeds, and invertebrates.  They are important for seed dispersal due to their messy eating that scatters seeds.