Scientific name: Tauraco persa persa. Or, Tauraco persa corythaix.
Turacos have two copper pigments in their feathers that have not been found in any other animal. One produces the crimson color of the wings, and the
other produces a bright green color.
Turacos are uniquely African, with 23 species recognised by most authorities. The forest-living species are undoubtedly among the most spectacularly colourful
of birds, while the savanna-dwellers (known as "go-away birds") are predominantly grey in plumage.
In South Africa, these birds are better known as louries. All are frugivores, specializing in fruit (particularly figs) and sometimes feeding on leaves,
buds and flowers. They are usually gregarious, and frequently associate with Green Pigeons, parrots, hornbills and barbets, with individuals and groups often
returning day after day to the same fruiting tree, until the crop is exhausted.