The Ross's Turaco
Musophaga rossae

Planning a birding Safari at the end your next business trip to Africa...? Get ready to enjoy Ross's Turaco.

The Ross's Turaco is yet another stunner, and probally thats why it is sometimes called the lady ross turaco. This Uganda bird is deep purple with a bold yellow facemask and red crest and underwings.

Ross's Turaco birds a very social birds, often moving in small noisy flock.

In this section of the Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Ross's Turaco birds in Uganda in order to make your Bird watching tour to Africa even more fascinating.

You will find information about:

Where to find the Ross's Turaco in Uganda

You will find these birds in singles, pairs or small groups wide spread in Africa and in Uganda you will see these birds in forested habitats bordering wetlands and rivers.

You could see these birds at Kibale Forest National Park, the Backpacker's Hostel in Rubaga and at Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

How you will know that you've seen a Ross's Turaco

You will see a relatively large bird about 54cm long , deep-blue glossed, with a bulbous bright yellow bill, yellow eye patches and a brilliant crimson crest and outer wings.

This bird has a long tail and broad round wings. She has three toes that point forward on each leg, while the fourth toe can be rotated forward or backwards (semi-zygodactylous).

Both sexes look alike and the immature bird is duller with a blackish bill and a small dull frontal shield.

In slow buoyant flight this bird reveals extensive crimson in her wings.

Interesting Facts about Ross's Turaco Birds

The song of Ross's Turaco birds is often a duet with a series of musical growls slowly rising in tone to climax in a rolling bubbling for up to 15 seconds which then descends before ending abruptly.

The female Ross's Turaco lays 2 eggs and both the male and female share time incubating the eggs for 21-24 days.

This bird has a ledging duration of 4-7 weeks and its lifespan is approximately 5-9 years.

Both parents feed the downy chicks by regurgitation. They keep the nest clean by eating the egg shells and the chicks’ droppings. The chicks will not develop the full adult coloration until about 1 year.

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