Wednesday, January 23: Both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will remain closed due to icy conditions on our pathways. Our staff is working hard to clear the paths and ensure a safe visit for guests when we re-open. Thank you for your understanding!

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Violet Turaco

Musophaga violacea

Violeturaco Gallery

About the Violet Turaco

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Class: Aves
Order: Musophagiformes
Family: Musophagidae
Genus: Musophaga
Species: violacea

Violet turacos are named for their bluish-violet wings and back, highlighted by a small red patch of feathers that spreads widely when in flight. They live on a diet of mostly fruits. As their nickname "the violaceous plantain-eater" implies, the fruits in their diet include plantain as well as figs and a mix of other fruits.