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SPECIES INFO

The Black-billed Turaco, Tauraco schuetti, is a medium sized turaco, an endemic family to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a resident breeder in the forests of central Africa, found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, West Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and southern Sudan.

Description

40cm; ranging in weight from 199-272 g. Adult similar to Green Turaco, distinguished by small all black bill and rounded whitish crest. It lays two eggs in a platform of twigs around 3 or 5 metres above the ground. Both the male and female defend a territory and share with incubation duties.

Its call is a distinctive feature of the forests of the Congo, a resonant "kwah khaw kwah". In areas where its range overlaps with the Ruwenzori Turaco it will aggressively respond to the calls of that species. It is a widespread species, and is not threatened globally (CITES II).





                                     



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