Turacos (Musophagidae)

Green Turaco (Tauraco persa) - HBW 4, p. 499

French: Touraco vert German: Guineaturako Spanish: Turaco de Guinea
Other common names: Green Lourie, Guinea/Green-crested Turaco

Taxonomy: Cuculus Persa Linnaeus, 1758, Ghana.
Forms a superspecies with T. livingstonii, T. schalowi, T. corythaix, T. schuetti and T. fischeri, a complex of allopatric forms formerly treated variably either as a single polytypic species or as three, five or six species. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • buffoni (Vieillot, 1819) - Senegambia to Liberia.
  • persa (Linnaeus, 1758) - Ivory Coast and Ghana E to Mt Cameroon and Bamenda Highlands.
  • zenkeri (Reichenow, 1896) - S Cameroon, Gabon, N Angola, Congo and NW Zaire.

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