The plumage of turacos gains its vivid green and red coloration from unique, copper-based pigments.

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“Turacos have two unique, copper-based pigments: turacoverdin (green) and turacin (red). Turacoverdin is the more physiologically extensive pigment; its prevalence can be correlated to lushness of habitat.” (Fowler and Miller 2003:232)


Zoo and Wild Animal MedicineW.B. Saunders Co.Fowler, ME; Miller, RE

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ThiotrichaceaeFamily

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Turacos And AlliesMusophagidaeFamily

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