Turacos live in flocks of up to 12 individuals. They are shy and prefer to perch out of sight. When faced with danger, they sit very still and fly away at the last minute with power flaps, revealing the crimson color under their wings.
Turacos are the only birds to possess true red and green pigmentation. When you look at most birds, the color you are seeing is a reflection produced by the feather structure. The turaco's red pigment (turacin) and green pigment (turacoverdin) both contain copper. In fact, if you stirred a glass of water with a red turaco feather, the water would turn pink!
They are so abundant in Africa that they are considered a pest. Their feeding habits are very destructive, which annoys most gardeners. However, they aid in seed dispersal by messily eating fruit. The many seeds that pass through their system create new growth.
You may spot our White Cheeked Turaco in our large walk-through aviary.