Red-crested Turaco Tauraco erythrolophus

Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
The Red-crested Turaco comes from Angola and Cameroon. The adult has a prominent red crest, a white face, yellow bill and green body/wings. The tail is bluish.
Turaco's are the only known birds to have true green pigment and true red pigment rather than feather structure which reflects light from carotenoid yellows to show as red and green.
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
Another unusual feature of Turacos is their toes being semi-zygodactylous,
so that, like parrots and woodpeckers, they can have the first and fourth toes facing back and two forward, or, like most passerine birds, they can have three toes forward and one back.
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco underside
The green can be iridescent on the wings and the underside and tail are grey-violet and blue.
In addition to copper pigments and moveable toes, Turacos have a third most unusual feature: tiny claws on the wings of chicks to enable a better grip in climbing -- shed when they fledge.
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
They are mainly fruit eaters.
Red-crested Turaco parting
The white parting
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
They live in flocks and other flock members will help parents to care for chicks.
Red-crested Turaco red under-wings
They don't fly much but have beautiful red under-wings.
Red-crested Turaco pair
Red-crested Turaco pair
Male and female have similar plumage throughout the year.
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco
Red-crested Turaco