Turaco, Lady Ross'
Pigeon-like bird about 20 inches long whose body is blackish and wings and tail more dark violet. The bird has a glassy overall appearance. Outstanding characteristics are a crimson head crest, a brilliant yellow face and bill, and crimson flight feathers.
Class: Bird (Aves)
Range: Central Africa (Angola, Zambia, Kenya, Cameroons, Central Africa Republic, etc.)
Habitat: Evergreen forest canopy
Lifespan: Indeterminate. Considered a pest and often eaten by people. Food for monkeys and snakes.
Wild Diet: Fruit, berries, shoots, occasional termites and snails; Fruit mixture
Tend to be in pairs or small flocks. Tends to be sedentary, cannot fly very well. Spends its time running around trees inconspicuously and silently. The only time they seem to be around is their hoarse "caw" cry.
Both sexes build a nest of twigs in trees at least 8 or more feet above the ground. The breeding season varies by country, but tends to be fall. The chicks grow fast and by 30 days leave the nest trees supervised by their parents.
Gestation: Incubation 24-26 days
Litter: Clutch size: 1-2 eggs
Conservation Status: Least Concern
- So seldom seen because it hides in the trees, but it is a very beautiful bird.