Turacos (Musophagidae)

Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix) - HBW 4, p. 500

French: Touraco louri German: Helmturako Spanish: Turaco de Knysna
Other common names: Knysna Lourie

Taxonomy: Spelectos corythaix Wagler, 1827, Cape of Good Hope.
A member of the T. persa superspecies. Formerly considered conspecific with T. livingstonii and T. schalowi, but differences in vocalizations and chromosome-banding analysis suggest otherwise. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • phoebus Neumann, 1907 - E & N Transvaal and NW Swaziland.
  • corythaix (Wagler, 1827) - Natal, W Zululand and S Swaziland to S & E Cape Province.