Tauraco bannermani by Carel Brest van Kempen(8 in. x 8 in. | acrylic | ID#4208)
Family: MUSOPHAGIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The turacos are an interesting group of African birds whose closest relatives are thought to be the bustards. Among their unique features, they are the only birds with feathers containing green pigment (all other green birds get their color from feathers whose surface structure reflects green light). Bannerman's Turaco haunts the montane forests of southwestern Cameroon, primarily in the Bamenda Highlands. This region has been the focus of rapid deforestation in recent decades. Bannerman's Turacos seem to be able to hang on in degraded forests for a few decades, as long as they are able to continue to find enough fruit to sustain themselves, but eventually they seem to die off in these situations. This species is probably closely related to the Red-crested Turaco (T. erythrolophus) of Angola, which is common. Bannermans' Turaco is listed as endangered by the IUCN.
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