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A photo of a Livingstone's Turaco (Tauraco livingstonii)
Livingstone's Turaco

Livingstone's Turaco

Tauraco livingstonii

The Livingstone's turaco (Tauraco livingstonii) is a captivating bird, named in honor of Charles Livingstone, brother to the famed explorer David Livingstone. This species is a member of the Musophagidae family, known for their vibrant plumage and unique characteristics.

Identification Tips

When observing Livingstone's turaco, one can note its striking green plumage which allows it to blend seamlessly with the verdant foliage of its habitat. The bird's appearance is further accentuated by a conspicuous red bill and eye patches, which contrast vividly against its green feathers.


This turaco favors the subtropical lowlands, where it can be found flitting through the dense canopies of southeastern Africa's lush forests.


The distribution of Livingstone's turaco is quite specific, with an isolated population in Burundi. Its presence extends from southern Tanzania through eastern and southern Malawi, eastern Zimbabwe, across Mozambique, and along the subtropical coast of South Africa.


Livingstone's turaco shares behavioral traits with its relatives, the Knysna turaco and Schalow's turaco. It is known for its agility among the treetops, where it spends much of its time.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List categorizes Livingstone's turaco as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face immediate threats to its survival.

In this guide, we have journeyed through the world of the Livingstone's turaco, a bird as enigmatic as the lands it inhabits. May your paths cross with this splendid avian, and when they do, may you be ready to appreciate its unique splendor.

Livingstone's Turaco Sounds

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