Turacos (Musophagidae)

Purple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus) - HBW 4, p. 503

French: Touraco à huppe splendide German: Glanzhaubenturako Spanish: Turaco Crestimorado
Other common names: Violet-crested Turaco, Purple-crested Lourie

Taxonomy: Corythaix porphyreolopha Vigors, 1831, Durban.
Placed in the genus Musophaga by some authorities; formerly awarded monotypic genus Gallirex. Races intergrade in Zambezi Valley. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chlorochlamys (Shelley, 1881) - SE Kenya through Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda to Zambia (Victoria Falls, Luano and Luangwa Valleys), Malawi and N Mozambique.
  • porphyreolophus (Vigors, 1831) - Zimbabwe and Mozambique S to E Transvaal and Natal.